Thursday, August 27, 2009

An awesome french aviation cover!

It is always a great pleasure to exchange covers with Jérôme from France. Thank you very much for this awesome Aviation cover! The first stamp from the left features La Patrouille de France or Patrouille Acrobatique de France ("French Acrobatic Patrol"). Originating in 1931, it is the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force and is one of the world's oldest and best demostration team.

The stamp shows the alpha jet forefront (aircrafts use by the Patrol since 1981) flying pass the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Next is a stamp to commemorate the Century of Gordon Bennett Cup (1909-2009). The world’s first major international flying meeting was held in the champagne growing region of France near the historic cathedral city of Reimsfrom, from 22 to 29 August 1909. It was won by Curtiss and his Golden Flyer (shown on the stamp). He had the best speed in a two-lap triangular 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) course, averaging 47 miles per hour (75.6 kilometers per hour).

Last but not least, we have a lovely stamp to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of French engineer and aviation pioneer Louis Blériot (1872 -1936) of being the first person to fly a plane over the English Channel.
In addition, Jérôme sent me this lovely stamp from French Polynesia which commemorates the 40th Anniversay of the first man on moon. It was issued on 20 July 2009.
This cover bears a special postmark from Musée de La Poste, Paris. Dated 19 August 2009, it took 6 days to reach me. The Musée de La Poste (La Poste's Museum) is the museum of the French postal operator La Poste. It specializes in the postal history and philately of France. With 15 separate rooms spread over 5 floors, it retraces almost 5 centuries of postal history: from post horses to the royal mail, the first telecommunication systems, the arrival of the rural postman and the postage stamp.

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