The Britten-Norman Trislander

On February 23, 532, Byzantine emperor Justinian I ordered the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople which would become the Hagia Sophia. That is what I had planned to write about today. However, every stamp in my collection that I thought depicted the Hagie Sophia in fact portrayed some other mosque in Istanbul or elsewhere in Turkey, none of which I felt … Continue reading The Britten-Norman Trislander

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

Costa Rica #C28 (1937)

Costa Rica #C28 (1937)

The Republic of Costa Rica (República de Costa Rica), is located on the Central American isthmus, lying between latitudes 8° and 12°N, and longitudes 82° and 86°W, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.5 million, … Continue reading Costa Rica #C28 (1937)

United States #C45 (1949)

United States National Aviation Day

I have been fascinated by aviation for my entire life.  The park near where I lived around 6 or 7 years of age featured a stripped World War II bomber (either a B-17 or a B-24, I can’t recall) that us kids loved to climb through and play on.  Many family trips included visits to various museums dedicated to flight and there was a branch … Continue reading United States National Aviation Day