Wilbur Wright’s Birthday

On April 16, 1867, aviator and inventor Wilbur Wright was born near Millville, Indiana, to Milton Wright and Susan Koerner. He was the third of seven children born to the Wrights, five of whom survived infancy. The brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright have had multiple appearances on A Stamp A Day, the first being August 19, 2016, in an article about National Aviation Day which … Continue reading Wilbur Wright’s Birthday

The Wright Brothers’ First Successful Flight at Kitty Hawk

The earliest years of aviation is an immensely popular subject in philately — not only as a thematic topic on stamps but also the associated postal history of those fledgling flights. As a child, I was initially more interested in ocean liners than airplanes but became fascinated with Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean around the time that the U.S. Postal Service issued a … Continue reading The Wright Brothers’ First Successful Flight at Kitty Hawk

United States #3783 (2003)

First Powered Flight by the Wright Brothers

Following years of trials using gliders, Orville and Wilbur Wright finally made the first mechanically-propelled heavier-than-air flights on December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, U.S.A. The Wright brothers made two flights each from level ground into a freezing headwind gusting to 27 miles per hour (43 km/h). The first flight, by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet (37 meters) … Continue reading First Powered Flight by the Wright Brothers

Republic of the Congo #1049 (1993)

Republic of the Congo #1049 (1993)

The Republic of the Congo (République du Congo), also known as the Congo Republic, Congo-Brazzaville or simply Congo, is a country located in Central Africa bordered by Gabon and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Cameroon to the northwest, the Central African Republic to the northeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the east and south, and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to the … Continue reading Republic of the Congo #1049 (1993)

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