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Posted 10/23/2018   2:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kimo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Partime. Your July 6, 1939 Philadelphia autogiro cover is a first flight. It is listed in the American Air Mail Catalog as autogiro flight number 22. There were 28,171 pieces flown which makes it quite common. It is a nice looking example with the 6 cent airmail stamp and the airmail saves time machine cancel.
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Posted 10/23/2018   6:08 pm  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Kimo ~ thanks for the ID on my cover.
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I finally found one of the very first experimental helicopter first flights from 1946 in Los Angeles. Not in the best shape, but I'll take it. This route used the big Sikorskys, flown by Army Air Forces pilots. Any idea where "Trans Office Air Mail Field" would be?



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Posted 12/18/2020   06:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Sikorsky H-5

Civilian designation: S-51
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Posted 12/18/2020   07:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Calstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Based on publicity photos (and the bldgs in the background) always assumed the location of "Trans Office Air Mail Field" was the historic Mines Field (Los Angeles Municipal Airport). Located along Imperial Hwy, on the south side of current LAX. With its distinctive tower and Hanger One.
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Posted 12/18/2020   12:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pbmorris to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have one of those for the Chicago Area


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I finally found something new to add to this thread. A 1946 experimental roof pick-up between Philadelphia and Pottstown, PA.



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