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Aircraft on Covers

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While I do collect identifiable aircraft on stamps, my current preference is to collect aircraft images on cover. Here's one that shows the iconic Douglas DC-3 superimposed on a map of airmail routes in the United States. This cover also has a couple of other collecting points.

First, it is a first-day cover for Sc. C23, the airmail stamp first issued on May 14, 1938 to coincide with the beginning of National Air Mail Week. There were three first-day cities for this stamp, Washington, D.C., Dayton, Ohio, and Saint Petersburg, Florida, the site of the 1938 convention of the American Airmail Society.

A second added collecting point is the label on the reverse. This is Cachet Craft first-day and the preparer has added a company label to the cover. I also collect cinderellas on cover, so this is a bonus for me.

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Franked with a 2 cents Washington Bicentennial stamp issued in 1932, this cover commemorates the 29th anniversary of powered flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC, on December 17, 1903. The cachet incorporates the Wright Flyer cruising toward the Wright Brothers Memorial Beacon at Kitty Hawk. The cachet is a nice example of art deco style so popular during the 1930s.

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I love aircraft and our hobby . . . stamps!
Think I might begin an aircraft themed collection, myself.
Do you have a large collection?
I flew HH-43 Helicoptors in Vietnam. I wonder if that aircraft ever made it to a stamp?
Anyway . . . nice post!
Keep stamping!

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Hi @fraired:

Thanks for your kind words and comments. If flying the HH-43 Kamans, you must have been in one of the air rescue groups operating in Vietnam. Were you Air Force, or Navy/Marine Corps? In any case, that was dangerous work. Thank you for your service!

By most standards, I don't have a large collection of Aircraft on Stamps, or on covers. More covers these days than stamps. I don't recall having either a stamp or cover depicting a HH-43, but surely there is one from some country. I checked my Stanley Gibbons Collect Aircraft on Stamps and didn't find a listing for the Kamans, but mine is the first edition published in 1994. There is an updated edition and may well contain a listing for the HH-43. With a few exceptions, I stopped collecting Aircraft on Stamps in the 1980s and covers around 2005. I still buy a cover or two now and then if there is an interesting aircraft in the cachet or elsewhere on the envelope. I found collecting aircraft on stamps frustrating as dealers are loath to break a set and sell just the stamps depicting airplanes in a set of four to seven. I'll try to post some of my Aircraft on Stamps and other Aircraft on covers in the near future

While never a military or commercial pilot, I do have and maintain a private pilot certificate and still fly regularly. As I age, the airplanes I fly have become more benign. I current own an Ercoupe 415-CD (see below), which is nearly the end of the line of benigness. :lol:

Ed, I would certainly encourage anyone and all to collect aircraft/airplanes/rotorcraft, balloons, etc on stamps and covers. There is ton of collectable material available and most of it reasonably priced.

Good to hear from you.

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@friared,

Federated States of Micronesia from 12 December 2007, current for sale on eBay for a couple bucks.

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Or how about this, currently on sale on HipPostcard for about $4.

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