Any and all events are a good reason for marking the day with a special postal cover. The celebrations that surrounds the opening of an airport were no exceptions. Certainly a big event in the life of any town as they moved into the modern age of air travel. Frequently with engraved cachets, the majority of these covers bear rubber stamps cachets applied the day of the event and signed by local dignitaries, pilots and Chamber of Commerce members.
Air Races, airshow and other special event involving aviation would with certainty include the production of a special event cover. Because the mail was so closely linked to the progress of aviation due to the mail contracts that funded much of the development, this is a logical extension and one that is enjoyable for collectors today.
Catapult Mail was literally catapulted off specially equipped ships when the launching ship was still a day out of port. Close enough for a plane to leave the ship and reach shore cutting a day off the delivery time for the mail. This was a very limited service, costing an extra charge, and the covers all received a special marking of interest to us today.
First Flight Covers mark the initial transport of mail over newly established routes connecting cities to the new wonder of airmail. Know as CAM routed for domestic mail and FAM routes for international mail, a collection of these covers in any degree of completeness is a challenge that can give years of enjoyment.
Covers flown by the Zeppelin Air Ships, and also by the Macon Airship, have captured the imagination of postal history collectors since the wonderful age of the Great Zeppelin and its 'round-the-world flights. The Zephs are a most popular and pricy stamp and a 'capstone' for any airmail collection, and so it is true also with the Zeph covers.
First Flight C.A.M. 33, June 15,1932 San Diego Cachet and postmark... more info
First Flight Airmail, Highland Park, May 19, 1938 Air Mail Cover to National City, CA (backstamped)... more info
FAM 18 - Marsielle, France to New York, May 24, 1939 Franked with #372 and #346... more info
CAM 76 - Fresno to San Francisco, May 8, 1962 Franked with a #C7.... more info
Atlanta to Ft. Myers First Flight, May 12, 1926, 6:30 A.M. Franked with a #C7, backstamped receipt in ... more info
40th Anniversary of U.S.N.A.S Lakehurst, N.J. Airship Flights... more info
U.S. #C4 on Roessler Cover Chicago July 2, 1924- AAMS 552 "VIA AIR MAIL - On first trip of through sch... more info
U.S. #C25 on Censored Cover Sailor Mail without date stamp - Honolulu to Washington DC ... more info
Roessler Cover: First Flight Air Mail - Dedication of Airport - Fort Collins, Colorado - May 7th, 1929... more info
Los Angeles, California April 17, 1930 Dedication of New Western Terminal, Los Angeles, California... more info
El Centro, Imperial County, California April 12, 1953 Dedication of Imperial County Airport... more info
Sacramento, California April 12, 1954 Dedication of Sacramento (Calif) Municipal Airport - Cachet incl... more info