Flight

1990 Seaplane stamp
March 28, 1910

First Successful Seaplane Flight

On March 28, 1910, Henri Fabre made the first successful powered seaplane flight. Traveling over 1,900 feet and wowing a crowd of spectators, he inaugurated the seaplane and flying boat industry that would flourish for the next several decades.

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1919 Victory stamp
March 21, 1916

The Lafayette Escadrille

On March 21, 1916, a group of mostly American pilots formed the Escadrille Américaine. Later named the Lafayette Escadrille, they flew several high-profile missions that encouraged more Americans to join their ranks.

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1964 Goddard Airmail stamp
March 16, 1926

Goddard’s First Liquid-Fueled Rocket

On March 16, 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched his first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts. Though his work went largely unrecognized during his lifetime, today he’s known as the father modern rocketry.

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 US #1193 pictures Friendship 7, which carried John Glenn on the first successful American orbit of the Earth. 
January 31, 1961

Mercury-Redstone 2

On January 31, 1961, Mercury-Redstone 2 launched Ham the Chimp into space.

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 US #C68 was issued on Earhart’s 66th birthday.  
January 11, 1935

Another Notable Earhart Flight 

On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

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 US #2530 – from the Mini-scapes Series
January 7, 1785

First Known Mail Delivered by Air 

On January 7, 1785, mail was carried by an air vehicle for the first time.

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 US #3190a – from the Celebrate the Century – 1980s Sheet
January 5, 1972

Birth of the Space Shuttle Program 

On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the creation of America’s first space shuttle, the “world’s first reusable spacecraft.”

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 US #C44 was issued for the 75th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union.
December 23, 1986

First Non-Stop Non-Refueled Flight Around the Globe 

On December 23, 1986, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop flight around the world without refueling.

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 US #2187 was issued on Chennault’s 100th birthday.
December 20, 1941

Flying Tigers First Combat 

On December 20, 1941, the Flying Tigers engaged in their first battle.

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