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100 years of the world’s first official airmail flight

100 years of the world’s first official airmail flight
India post issued a set of four stamps and a miniature sheet commemorate the occasion of 100 years of the world’s first official airmail flight.

On 18th February 1911, a French pilot, Henri Pequet flew a small Sommer biplane carrying 6,500 letters from Allahabad to Naini.

The journey was brief and lasted just thirteen minutes.

The credit for the start of the airmail service goes to the Commander Sir Walter G Windham and the then post master general of United Provinces, Sir Geoffrey Clarke.

Title: 100 years of the world’s first official airmail flight
Date of Issue: 12 February 2011
Country: India
Denominations: 500p x 4

Source: India Post

2 comments

  1. The first airmail flight was for less than 15 miles. It may be more appropriate to call it a ” test airmail flight”. It was a paid advertisment flight, it made a lot of money, but was it faster ? How much faster than ordinary mail over a distance of less than 15 miles ?
    C D Singh

  2. Sir,
    I hav few of the MS stamps of India, which I would like to post on my blog.
    I hav coins too, for which i hav taken pics on my own.
    I am unable to scan those stamps as they are fixed to a album.
    So, would you please allow me to use your Images for few days, till I accquire my own. (About 10 Images)
    Thanking you
    Bhavana

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