On the day 100 years ago, on 18 February 1911, a mail bag with approximately 6.000 covers was flown by French pilot Henri Pequet from Allahabad to Naini, India. This small hop of only five miles made history: It was the first official airmail.
The mail was postmarked with a special cancel showing an airplane flying over mountains, the inscript of the marking reads “First Aerial Post, 1911, U. P. Exhibition Allahabad.” (Cover courtesy of Pradip Jain, India).
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