C289 Military Heroes of the Air

Issue Date: April 28, 2009

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On April 28, 2009, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 16 new stamps honoring some of America's most important Military Heroes of the Air. The 16 stamps in this historic issue honor some of the true giants in America's century-long history of military aviation. From William "Billy" Mitchell, considered the father of the United States Air Force, and Curtis E. LeMay, one of the fundamental shapers of Strategic Air Command ... to Charles "Chuck" Yeager, the first person in history to fly faster than the speed of sound, and James "Jimmy" Doolittle, whose famous and extremely daring bombing raid on Tokyo during World War II scored a monumental propaganda victory for Allied forces ...the 15 men honored in this stamp issue personify the leadership, courage and determination which helped make the United States the world's premier air power.


  • Issue: Military Heroes of the Air
  • Face Value: 16 x 44¢
  • Issue Date: April 28, 2009
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: Howard Koslow and Dean Ellis
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Designs per Sheet: 16
  • Overall Sheet Size: 160mm x 200mm
  • Size of Stamps: 34mm x 43mm
  • Issue Number: C289
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (16-1) Richard I. Bong
    (16-2) Charles "Chuck" Yeager
    (16-3) Lauris Norstad
    (16-4) Willam "Billy" Mitchell
    (16-5) Curtis E. LeMay
    (16-6) Edward Henry O'Hare
    (16-7) Claire L. Chennault
    (16-8) George C. Kenney
    (16-9) James "Jimmy" Doolittle
    (16-10) Paul W. Tibbits, Jr.
    (16-11) Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
    (16-12) Carl "Tooey" Spaatz
    (16-13) Ira C. Eaker
    (16-14) Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker
    (16-15) Henry "Hap" Arnold
    (16-16) Marshall Islands
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.

    Stamp designs ©2009 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 7.04 Military Heroes of the Air
    US$ .44 Richard I. Bong
    US$ .44 Charles "Chuck" Yeager
    US$ .44 Lauris Norstad
    US$ .44 William "Billy" Mitchell
    US$ .44 Curtis E. LeMay
    US$ .44 Edward Henry O'Hare
    US$ .44 Claire L. Chennault
    US$ .44 George C. Kenney
    US$ .44 James "Jimmy" Doolittle
    US$ .44 Paul W. Tibbets, Jr.
    US$ .44 Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
    US$ .44 Carl "Tooey" Spaatz
    US$ .44 Ira C. Eaker
    US$ .44 Edward "Eddie" Rickenbacker
    US$ .44 Henry "Hap" Arnold
    US$ .44 Marshall Islands

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Full Sheet of 16 None 4662601
    First Day Cover Set of 4 None 4662989

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