#5281-82 – 2018 50c Airmail Centenary Stamps, Set of 2

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100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail, Set of 2 Mint Stamps

 
 
#5281 - Blue
2018 50c Air Mail Centenary
 
Value:  50¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever
Issued:  May 1, 2018
First Day City:  Washington, DC
Type of Stamp:   Commemorative
Printed by:   Ashton Potter
Method:  Intaglio
Format:  Pane of 20
Self-Adhesive
Quantity Printed: 7,500,000 stamps
 
 
On May 1, 2018, the US Postal Service issued a stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight.  The stamp depicts a Curtiss JN-4H “Jenny,” the plane used for that historic flight on May 15, 1918.
 
One of the first airmail pilots to fly the Jenny was Lieutenant George L. Boyle.  Fresh from flight training, Boyle was in charge of the journey from Washington to Pennsylvania.  After a rough takeoff, Boyle made it into the air, but quickly became disoriented and headed south instead of north.  Not long after, the confused pilot crash-landed in a field.  Pilots scheduled for other legs of the journey succeeded in delivering their mail, and the first day of airmail was deemed a success.
 
Boyle wasn’t the last pilot to get lost or have an accident – all pilots struggled with poor navigational aids and unreliable planes.  Even the most skilled pilots had abrupt landings due to low visibility and fuel capacity.  Fortunately, as time went on, navigational and other challenges were resolved.   
 
Prices dropped as airmail gained popularity and letters arrived much faster than by train.  The USPS continues to use airmail to ensure faster service and lower costs.  With the issue of the new commemorative stamp we’re reminded of the early pilots who risked their lives to deliver America’s mail.
 
 
 
#5282 – Red
2018 50¢ Airmail Centenary
 
Value:  50¢ 1-ounce First-Class Letter Rate (Forever)
Issue Date:  May 1, 2018
First Day City:  Washington, DC
Type of Stamp:  Commemorative
Printed by:  Ashton Potter
Printing Method:  Intaglio
Format:  Pane of 20
Self-Adhesive
Quantity Printed:  7,500,000
 
 
For the first four months of the United States’ fledgling Airmail Service, all flights were handled by US Army pilots.  But in August 1918, the Post Office Department’s own Airmail Service took over.  This ushered in a new era of civilian pilots, improved planes, and more delivery routes.
 
Captain Benjamin Lipsner of the United States Army was the first superintendent of the Airmail Service and supervised the new flights.  Lipsner hired the first pilot, Max Miller, to make the inaugural Post Office Department flight on August 12, 1918.  Miller flew from College Park, Maryland, to New York City in the powerful new Curtiss R-4 biplane. 
 
The delivery was flawless, and the Post Office Department began looking for new routes.  One of the first was New York to Chicago, with the intimidating Allegheny Mountains in the middle.  Pilots Max Miller and Eddie Gardner were selected for the mission and turned their dangerous task into a friendly race.  They took off September 5, each checking how far the other had gone at stops along the way.  In the end, Miller won when he arrived over half a day earlier than Gardner.
 
These two brave pilots paved the way for future pathfinding flights.  Soon, mail was being flown all across the United States.  It was not long before Airmail Service became an outstanding success.
 
 
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100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail, Set of 2 Mint Stamps

 
 
#5281 - Blue
2018 50c Air Mail Centenary
 
Value:  50¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever
Issued:  May 1, 2018
First Day City:  Washington, DC
Type of Stamp:   Commemorative
Printed by:   Ashton Potter
Method:  Intaglio
Format:  Pane of 20
Self-Adhesive
Quantity Printed: 7,500,000 stamps
 
 
On May 1, 2018, the US Postal Service issued a stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight.  The stamp depicts a Curtiss JN-4H “Jenny,” the plane used for that historic flight on May 15, 1918.
 
One of the first airmail pilots to fly the Jenny was Lieutenant George L. Boyle.  Fresh from flight training, Boyle was in charge of the journey from Washington to Pennsylvania.  After a rough takeoff, Boyle made it into the air, but quickly became disoriented and headed south instead of north.  Not long after, the confused pilot crash-landed in a field.  Pilots scheduled for other legs of the journey succeeded in delivering their mail, and the first day of airmail was deemed a success.
 
Boyle wasn’t the last pilot to get lost or have an accident – all pilots struggled with poor navigational aids and unreliable planes.  Even the most skilled pilots had abrupt landings due to low visibility and fuel capacity.  Fortunately, as time went on, navigational and other challenges were resolved.   
 
Prices dropped as airmail gained popularity and letters arrived much faster than by train.  The USPS continues to use airmail to ensure faster service and lower costs.  With the issue of the new commemorative stamp we’re reminded of the early pilots who risked their lives to deliver America’s mail.
 
 
 
#5282 – Red
2018 50¢ Airmail Centenary
 
Value:  50¢ 1-ounce First-Class Letter Rate (Forever)
Issue Date:  May 1, 2018
First Day City:  Washington, DC
Type of Stamp:  Commemorative
Printed by:  Ashton Potter
Printing Method:  Intaglio
Format:  Pane of 20
Self-Adhesive
Quantity Printed:  7,500,000
 
 
For the first four months of the United States’ fledgling Airmail Service, all flights were handled by US Army pilots.  But in August 1918, the Post Office Department’s own Airmail Service took over.  This ushered in a new era of civilian pilots, improved planes, and more delivery routes.
 
Captain Benjamin Lipsner of the United States Army was the first superintendent of the Airmail Service and supervised the new flights.  Lipsner hired the first pilot, Max Miller, to make the inaugural Post Office Department flight on August 12, 1918.  Miller flew from College Park, Maryland, to New York City in the powerful new Curtiss R-4 biplane. 
 
The delivery was flawless, and the Post Office Department began looking for new routes.  One of the first was New York to Chicago, with the intimidating Allegheny Mountains in the middle.  Pilots Max Miller and Eddie Gardner were selected for the mission and turned their dangerous task into a friendly race.  They took off September 5, each checking how far the other had gone at stops along the way.  In the end, Miller won when he arrived over half a day earlier than Gardner.
 
These two brave pilots paved the way for future pathfinding flights.  Soon, mail was being flown all across the United States.  It was not long before Airmail Service became an outstanding success.