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Posted 01/15/2019   11:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add DonSellos to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've had this cover for a few years now and have not seen anything to explain the "Mystery Flight" in the upper left corner.

It looks like a pretty straight forward first flight publicizing the use of Lockheed Electra aircraft on the Istanbul-Amsterdam route. Also looks like a hand-back as there is no addressee or address.

Anyone have any insights about what might have mysterious about this cover?

Don


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Posted 01/15/2019   2:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bujutsu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry Don Sellos, but, I cannot help you here. Interesting cover though and it is the first time I have heard of this flight. It must have been legitimate if the Turkish stamp was applied to the cover as well to show arrival (??)

Thanks for posting this.

Chimo

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Posted 01/15/2019   4:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The mystery was that it was unknown to everyone(airmail cover collectors) were the flight was actually going to.(except for the crew of the plane I presume/hope).

25000 KLM covers were issued and flown both ways.

You may find it interesting or a gimmick.

I, being close to the source, see them pop up regularly and they do not command high prices.

Johan




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Posted 01/15/2019   6:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I, being close to the source, see them pop up regularly and they do not command high prices.


Neither did this one! lol Thanks, Johan. I collected it for the images of the Lockheed Electra (aircraft on covers) and for the question marks airmail border (variant airmail borders), thus an interesting cover for me. I always have been curious as to what made the flight mysterious.

25,000 is, indeed, a bunch of covers. KLM must have given them away to anyone who would take one!

Don
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Posted 01/15/2019   8:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sure does not seem like such a big mystery when it states too and from an there were 25,000 printed. That is a larger quantity than most first day covers that Canada Post issues today, I believe.
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Posted 01/15/2019   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The cachet, the purple handstamp address and the blue green cachet are all in English. One could suspect Lockheed also had a hand in this.
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Posted 01/15/2019   9:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now that I look at cachets and the stamps themselves again, it must obviously had been a "special" flight celebrating 40 years of KLM airways.
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Edited by No1philatelist - 01/15/2019 9:11 pm
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Posted 01/16/2019   12:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ClassicPhilatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Johan Buvelot, great insight. May not be worth much, but it is an interesting cover, I would say.
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