Washington, D.C. -- Ten classic American aircraft from the 1930's, '40s and '50s take to the skies in the form of postage when the U.S. Postal Service dedicates the American Advances in Aviation commemorative stamp sheet at the world's premier air show. The Friday, July 29 first-day-of-issue ceremony, hosted by the Experimental Aviation Association (www.eaa.org) will occur during the 2005 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI fly-in convention. The ceremony will take place at the event's Aero Shell Square at 10 a.m. CST in the shadows of at least six of the rare aircraft depicted on the stamps.
Many pilots and crew members of these historic aircraft will be on-site to discuss their experiences. An autograph session follows the event.
The stamps will be available at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide Saturday, July 30.
"The Postal Service is proud to build on the popular Classic American Aircraft collection we first issued in 1997," said Linda Kingsley, Vice President, Strategic Planning, U.S. Postal Service, who will dedicate the stamps at the air show. "The ten historic aircraft chosen for the American Advances in Aviation stamp sheet show the innovation and remarkable technological contributions of our nation's aviation pioneers."
"Every year literally thousands of historic aircraft participate in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh," said EAA Museum Director Adam Smith, "So we're taking the opportunity not only to showcase these beautiful new stamps, but also to show many of the actual aircraft depicted on them."
A description of each aircraft is on the back of the stamp sheet. The stamp images depict:
- Boeing's 247 and B-29 Superfortress
- Consolidated's PBY Catalina and B-24 Liberator
- Lockheed's P-80 Shooting Star
- Grumman's F6F Hellcat
- Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt
- Northrop's YB-49 Flying Wing
- Engineering and Research Corporation's Ercoupe 415
- Beechcraft's 35 Bonanza.
The header illustration includes a Hughes H-1 racer and Boeing's YB-52 Stratofortress.
Military aircraft scheduled to be on display during the ceremony include the B-24 Liberator, B-29 Superfortress, F6F Hellcat and the P80 Shooting Star. Civilian aircraft scheduled to appear include the A-35 Bonanza and the Ercoupe-415.
The American Advances in Aviation stamp sheet was designed by Phil Jordan. The stamp illustrations and header design were painted by William S. Phillips, an award-winning historical aviation and landscape artist who also created the artwork for the 1997 Classic American Aircraft collection.
Aviation Enthusiast Collectables -- Six limited edition prints will only be available on-site at the 2005 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (WI) fly-in convention.
Authenticated with a numbered certificate and autographed by stamp artist William S. Phillips, high-quality prints (12 3/4 x 13 3/4 inch) of select aircraft stamp images will be available for $175. Each print is mounted with an aircraft stamp postmarked with the Oshkosh, WI July 29, 2005 First-Day-of-Issue cancellation. Prints are available for the 35 Bonanza, B-24 Liberator, F6F Hellcat, P45 Thunderbolt, PBY Catalina and the P80 Shooting Star.
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