Lindy Tours the U.S.A. (Part 1)

On June 11, 1927, Charles Augustus Lindbergh arrived back in the United States aboard the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Memphis (CL-13) following his historic solo non-stop New York to Paris flight and a quick tour of Paris, Brussels, and London. Perhaps just as significant as the flight itself was the ensuing “goodwill tour” of the United States and Latin America which added to his fame … Continue reading Lindy Tours the U.S.A. (Part 1)

The Canada Goose

I’ve long felt that certain birds make excellent subjects for air mail stamps, particularly those that look majestic while in flight. I’d rather see birds such as the American bald eagle, Andean condor or peregrine falcon on an air mail stamp than most aircraft (exceptions being a certain upside-down Curtiss Jenny, The Spirit of St. Louis or a Wright 1903 Flyer). Today’s featured stamp portraying Canada … Continue reading The Canada Goose

Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)

January 13 is observed each year in Thailand as National Aviation Day (Wan Kanbin Haeng Chat — วันการบินแห่งชาติ). This year, 2018, it happens to coincide with another annual celebration — National Children’s Day (Wan Dek Haeng Chat — วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) which has been observed on the second Saturday of January since 1965. Unusually, I have not been able to find any information online as to when Thai National Aviation Day was … Continue reading Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)

United States #C20 (1935)

First Transpacific Flight of the China Clipper

On November 22, 1935, the China Clipper (NC14716) took off from Alameda, California, inaugurating the first commercial airmail service across the Pacific Ocean. This was the first of three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, at a cost of $417,000, and delivered to Pan Am on October 9, 1935. It was one of the largest … Continue reading First Transpacific Flight of the China Clipper