1985 33¢ Alfred Verville
Issue Date: February 13, 1985
First City: Garden City, New York
Quantity Issued: 98,600,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
U.S. #C113 honors aviation pioneer Alfred Verville, who helped Glenn Curtiss design the famed Curtiss Jenny and the Curtiss twin-engined seaplane. In the early 1920s, Alfred Verville and Lawrence Sperry designed and produced three aircraft. The most famous was the Verville-Sperry Classic Trophy in 1924, which could fly at a record of 216 miles per hour. Nearly a half century later, that plane was recognized by a panel of experts as one of the 12 most significant aircraft of all time.