40¢ Claire Chennault
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: September 6, 1990
City: Monroe, LA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
Color: Dark blue
Air advisor to Chiang Kai-Sek, Claire Chennault organized and commanded the American Volunteer Group known as the Flying Tigers. As commander of the U.S. China Air Task Force, he led the Tigers in numerous daring and successful missions against the Japanese during World War II. Chennault is pictured on the 40¢ Great Americans stamp.
Issued between 1980 and 1999, the Great Americans definitive series features 63 designs, making it the larges set of face different Regular Issue stamps issued in the 20th century. One stamp honors a couple (Lila and Dewitt Wallace) while the remaining 62 commemorate individuals.
The series is characterized by a standard definitive size, simple design and monochromatic colors. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced most of the stamps, but some were printed by private firms. Several stamps saw multiple printings. The result is many different varieties, with tagging being the key to understanding them.