C322 Firsts in Flight I

Issue Date: February 18, 2011

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On February 18, 2011, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued five new stamps featuring Firsts in Flight. These stamps are the first Issue in a five-part Series celebrating Firsts in Flight. In the early 1900s, a famous English automobile manufacturer--Sir Walter Windham--decided to give up his motor business and "establish a flying industry." He booked a trip to India, taking with him the famous French pilot, Henri Pequet. While staying in Allahadbad, India, Windham met a chaplain who was trying to raise funds for a new hostel. Windham developed an ingenious plan that made this possible. The United Provinces Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition was planned for 1911, and Windham inaugurated an airmail service during the exhibition, charging visitors a modest fee to post a letter for the first-ever airmail flight. With at least one million people watching, Pequet took off in his Sommer-type biplane on February 18. He carried some 6,500 letters and cards, each canceled with a special postmark created by Windham.

Specification Text: TECHNICAL DATA

  • Issue: Firsts in Flight I: The Mail Takes Flight
  • Face Value: 15 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: February 18, 2011
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artist: Charles Knotek
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 15
  • Designs per Sheet: 5
  • Overall Sheet Size: 239mm x 134mm
  • Size of Stamps: 43mm x 34mm
  • Issue Number: C322
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (5-1) Centennial of First Airmail Flight
    (5-2) First Airmail Service in America
    (5-3) First U.S. Coast-to-Coast Airmail Service
    (5-4) First Permanent U.S. Transcontinental Airmail Service
    (5-5) First International Airmail Service
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2011 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 2.20 Firsts in Flight Part 1
    US$ .44 Centennial of First Airmail Flight
    US$ .44 First Airmail Service in America
    US$ .44 First U.S. Coast-to-Coast Airmail Service
    US$ .44 Frist Permanent U.S. Transcontinental Airmail Service
    US$ .44 First International Airmail Service

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
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    US$ Price
    Mint Strip of 5 None 4666305
    Full Sheet of 15 None 4666313
    First Day Cover None 4666321

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