1985 44¢ Transpacific Airmail
Issue Date: February 15, 1985
First City: San Francisco, California
Quantity Issued: 167,625,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
This stamp commemorates the 50-year anniversary of the China Clipper’s first trans-Pacific airmail flight in 1935. At that time, seaplanes had a non-stop range of less than 800 miles. Remarkably, every leg of the pioneer journey was completed on schedule. The China Clipper ultimately flew 3 million miles during a ten-year career. It was destroyed in a crash during a night landing attempt at Port of Spain, Trinidad.