01 February 2011

Henri Pequet - Pilot of First Airmail Flight




La Poste will issue a stamp on  Henri Péquet on 18.02.2011

On February 18, 1911, French pilot Henri Pequet (1888-1974) carried the official airmail; a sack with about 6,000 cards and letters on his Humber biplane. The plane flew a distance of five miles, from an Allahabad polo field, over the Yamuna River, to Naini. All mails were marked with a large magenta cachet showing a plane within a double lined circle, inscribed “First Aerial Post — 1911 — U.P. Exhibition Allahabad“.

Pequet was in India flying demonstration flights for the United Provinces Exhibition in Allahabad. Walter Windham (1868-1942), a British aviation pioneer, organized the aerial demonstrations. The event marked the first time airplanes flew in India.

The stamp will be issued in sheet of 40 or in mini sheet of 10.  There is also a print card engraved .

: Pradip Jain, Patna

New Stamp from India..

Chaudhary Ranbir Singh


Date of Issue – 1 February 2011

: Mansoor B, Mangalore

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