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Sale 1204 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, including the Angel Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 18-20 June, 2019

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Category — Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1143
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1143, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1919, August. 14,  First Airplane Delivery, Shore to Ship at Sea (AAMC 1009), 1919, August. 14,  First Airplane Delivery, Shore to Ship at Sea (AAMC 1009)1919, August. 14, First Airplane Delivery, Shore to Ship at Sea (AAMC 1009). 3c Victory (#537) tied by New York Aug. 14 duplex on Roessler "Winged Letters" cover to London (August 24 backstamp), typed flight endorsement, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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1144
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1144, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1922, June 3, Amundsen North Polar "Maud" Expedition (AAMC 1021), 1922, June 3, Amundsen North Polar "Maud" Expedition (AAMC 1021)1922, June 3, Amundsen North Polar "Maud" Expedition (AAMC 1021). Green cover bearing pair of expedition labels and two 1c stamps tied by Seattle slogan, label also tied by usual "North Star Air Post" handstamp, purple "Maud Expeditionen" handstamp at bottom left, Very Fine, also accompanied by complete sheet of nine of the labels (one has 1c stamp applied), with position 5 containing the "ARI MAIL" error

E. 300-400
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1145
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1145, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1924, April 6-September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025), 1924, April 6-September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025)1924, April 6-September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025). Great Britain 1-1/2p tied by Brough R.S.O. York, 22 July, 1924 circular datestamp, U.S. 2c Harding tied by Los Angeles Jan. 10, 1925 duplex on arrival, flight imprint, Seattle backstamps, Very Fine and in unusually fresh condition, only about ten covers are known of this flight (AAMC states three were flown on this leg), this cover was used for the illustration in the Ameriian Air Mail Catalogue, accompanied by a photograph of the airplane used on the flight

E. 1,000-1,500
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1146
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1146, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1924, April 6-September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025), 1924, April 6-September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025)1924, April 6-September 28, Round the World Flight by U.S. Army Aviators, Western Leg (AAMC 1025). Great Britain 1/1-2p tied by Brough 22 July, 1924 circular datestamp, U.S. 2c Harding tied by Los Angeles Jan. 10, 1925 duplex, addressed to London (Jan. 26 backstamp), printed flight cachet, cover with vertical file fold and overall wear, understandable given this rare cover's long journey, the American Air Mail Catalogue states only three were carried on the western leg from England to the United States

E. 400-500
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1147
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1147, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1925, August 31 -- Nonstop Flight, San Francisco to Hawaii (AAMC 1033a), 1925, August 31 -- Nonstop Flight, San Francisco to Hawaii (AAMC 1033a)1925, August 31 -- Nonstop Flight, San Francisco to Hawaii (AAMC 1033a). Cover bearing 2c stamp tied by "San Diego Cal. U.S. Nav. Air Sta. Aug. 22, 1925" duplex to Honolulu, purple "United States/First Flight/Hawaiian Islands" cachet and also purple "This letter given service on/first trip Naval planes from/San Francisco, California/to/Honolulu, Hawaii/August, 1925", signed Lieutenant Snody and others, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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1148
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1148, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1926 (April 4-5) Madrid-Manila Flight Cover (AAMC 1038), 1926 (April 4-5) Madrid-Manila Flight Cover (AAMC 1038)1926 (April 4-5) Madrid-Manila Flight Cover (AAMC 1038). 1926 Air Post set (C1-C5) and 20c Special Delivery (E1) tied by Madrid April 4, 1926 circular datestamp (first day for the Air Post set) on flown cover to Manila, both flight cachets on reverse, signed by the pilot Gallarza, few stray age/soiling spots, Very Fine, only sixteen covers were carried on this flight

E. 500-750
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1149
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1149, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1926, May 9, Bryd North Pole Flight (AAMC 1039), 1926, May 9, Bryd North Pole Flight (AAMC 1039)1926, May 9, Bryd North Pole Flight (AAMC 1039). 2c Washington tied by "NY-Alesund 9.V.26" circular datestamp on Roessler cover, Norway 2o and 15o affixed by Roessler and and tied by King Bay May 9 datestamp, signed R. E. Byrd, minor gum staining around the 2c stamp, otherwise Very Fine, only a few covers are known signed by Byrd

E. 750-1,000
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1150
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1150, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1927, April 30, Wilkins North Polar Expedition (AAMC 1052), 1927, April 30, Wilkins North Polar Expedition (AAMC 1052)1927, April 30, Wilkins North Polar Expedition (AAMC 1052). 8c Air Post (C4) tied by the Detroit News flight cachet, Barrow, Alaska Apr. 30, 1927 circular datestamp alongside, signed by Sir Hubert Wilkins, Fairbanks backstamp, Very Fine and scarce, accompanied by 150 x 95mm cloth American Flag which was in this envelope

E. 500-750
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1151
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1151, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1927, June 2,  Byrd Transatlantic Flight (AAMC 1060), 1927, June 2,  Byrd Transatlantic Flight (AAMC 1060)1927, June 2, Byrd Transatlantic Flight (AAMC 1060). Flown cover to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, 5c Blue tied by "New York, N.Y. G. P. O., Jun. 21 2PM 1927" duplex, typed "New York to Paris via Airplane 'America'", attractive cachet of a biplane with "U.S. Mail" on side, "Ver-su-Mer 2-7 27" receiving circular datestamp, cover with a couple corner creases from mounts, otherwise Very Fine, the America, carrying official airmail across the Atlantic for the first time, was a monoplane that completed its transatlantic flight exactly one month after the Spirit of St. Louis made its historic solo trip, she was forced down off the coast after circling Paris (unable to land due to fog), this is one of the few pieces of mail to retain its stamp, accompanied by a postcard with a photograph of the plane partly submerged in the water

E. 400-500
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1152
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1152, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1927, October 10, Paris to Buenos Aires Non-Stop Flight (AAMC 1063), 1927, October 10, Paris to Buenos Aires Non-Stop Flight (AAMC 1063)1927, October 10, Paris to Buenos Aires Non-Stop Flight (AAMC 1063). "Bourget-Aviation Seine" Oct. 10 circular datestamp ties France 1fr50c on cover to Buenos Aires, Oct. 20 four-line machine receiving datestamp, Very Fine, only 17 pieces carried on this record non-stop South Atlantic flight by aviators Coste and LeBrix, lot includes a photograph of LeBrix

E. 400-500
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1153
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1153, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1927, December 12, Costes-Le Brix Round-the-World Flight, Rio de Janeiro-Santiago (AAMC 1063 var), 1927, December 12, Costes-Le Brix Round-the-World Flight, Rio de Janeiro-Santiago (AAMC 1063 var)1927, December 12, Costes-Le Brix Round-the-World Flight, Rio de Janeiro-Santiago (AAMC 1063 var). 100r (two) and 200r tied by Rio de Janeiro 12 Feb 27 datestamp, violet three-line cachet, Santiago dispatch on front and receiving postmark on reverse, Very Fine, only 11 covers were carried on this leg, accompanied by a leaflet thrown out of the airplane while crossing Mexico

E. 400-500
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1154
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1154, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1928, Aug. 16-Oct. 18, Attempted Flight from Rockford Ill. to Stockholm, Sweden (AAMC 1084), 1928, Aug. 16-Oct. 18, Attempted Flight from Rockford Ill. to Stockholm, Sweden (AAMC 1084)1928, Aug. 16-Oct. 18, Attempted Flight from Rockford Ill. to Stockholm, Sweden (AAMC 1084). 5c Beacon (C11) tied by Rockford Oct. 18 duplex on cover, signed by Bert Hassell and Parker Cramer, sent to Syracuse (Oct. 19 backstamp), Very Fine, one of only ten covers carried on the attempted flight from the U.S. to Sweden over Greenland, "Fish" Hassell and "Shorty" Cramer crashed during a blizzard over the icecap in Greenland. A fishing vessel rescued them after a thirteen-day trek across the icecap. Their plane was discovered sixteen years later during World War II

E. 500-750
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1155
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1155, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1929, June 13, "Yellow Bird" Flight, U.S. to Spain (AAMC 1091), 1929, June 13, "Yellow Bird" Flight, U.S. to Spain (AAMC 1091)1929, June 13, "Yellow Bird" Flight, U.S. to Spain (AAMC 1091). 2c Vincennes (651) tied by Old Orchard Me. Jun. 13 duplex, Comillas Jun. 14 receiving datestamp, with handstamped flight cachet and signed by three aviators, also with France 2fr Postage Due tied by Bourget Aviation field datestamp, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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1156
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1156, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1929, June 14, Attempted Seville-New York Non-Stop Flight (AAMC 1091A), 1929, June 14, Attempted Seville-New York Non-Stop Flight (AAMC 1091A)1929, June 14, Attempted Seville-New York Non-Stop Flight (AAMC 1091A). 40c Blue tied by Seville 24 June, 1929 hexagonal airmail datestamp, violet Seville-New York flight cachet, Very Fine, French aviators Coudouret and Malinoux attempted the non-stop flight from Seville to New York, but the plane crashed in Angouleme, France, very few covers were prepared for this flight

E. 400-500
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1157
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1157, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1929, Nov. 6,  Initial Flight, Wilkins Antarctic Expedition (AAMC 1097), 1929, Nov. 6,  Initial Flight, Wilkins Antarctic Expedition (AAMC 1097)1929, Nov. 6, Initial Flight, Wilkins Antarctic Expedition (AAMC 1097). U.S., Great Britain, and Falkland Islands stamps tied by respective cancels on Roessler cover with flight cachet and green expedition handstamp, signed Wilkins and Eielson, New York receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, signed Bloch

E. 300-400
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1158
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1158, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1929, November 28-29, Byrd South Pole Expedition Flight (AAMC 1100), 1929, November 28-29, Byrd South Pole Expedition Flight (AAMC 1100)1929, November 28-29, Byrd South Pole Expedition Flight (AAMC 1100). 2c Aeronautics Tied by "S.S. City of New York, Feb 19, 1930" duplex on arrival, envelope endorsed "First Flight Over South Pole/ No 28/29 1929" and signed by pilot Bernt Balchen, Fine, 50 covers were carried and this is scarcer than the usual cacheted covers

E. 500-750
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1159
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1159, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1930, August 30, Attempted Flight, Brazil to U.S.A.. (AAMC 1116), 1930, August 30, Attempted Flight, Brazil to U.S.A.. (AAMC 1116)1930, August 30, Attempted Flight, Brazil to U.S.A.. (AAMC 1116). Brazil Air Post stamps tied by special blue flight oval cancels, U.S. 5c Air Post tied by Miami duplex on arrival, typewritten inscription at top left, signed Lewis A. Yancey, Lancaster, Pa. backstamp, Very Fine, AAMC states only ten covers were carried

E. 300-400
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1160
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1160, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1930, September 1, First Direct Atlantic Ocean Flight, Paris to New York (AAMC 1117), 1930, September 1, First Direct Atlantic Ocean Flight, Paris to New York (AAMC 1117)1930, September 1, First Direct Atlantic Ocean Flight, Paris to New York (AAMC 1117). 1.50fr Air Post stamp tied by Bourget Aviation Seine 1-9-30 circular datestamp, flight cachet and French Consulate seal, signed by Bellonte, fresh and Extremely Fine, Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte flew the first non-stop flight East to West across the Atlantic Ocean, only 30 covers were carried on the flight, accompanied by entrance card for the homecoming in Paris and a press ribbon

E. 500-750
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1161
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1161, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1930, October 9, Second "Columbia" Transatlantic Flight from St. John's (AAMC 1122; Newfoundland 21a), 1930, October 9, Second "Columbia" Transatlantic Flight from St. John's (AAMC 1122; Newfoundland 21a)1930, October 9, Second "Columbia" Transatlantic Flight from St. John's (AAMC 1122; Newfoundland 21a). 20c Gray Black and 30c Olive Brown (157, 159). Tied by St. Johns Sep 25, 1930 slogan on fresh cover to London, typed "Via Airplane Columbia", Harbour Grace and London backstamps, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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1162
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1162, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1930, December 17, Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125), 1930, December 17, Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125)1930, December 17, Balbo Mass Squadron Flight, Italy to Brazil (AAMC 1125). Imprinted flight cover to Rio de Janeiro with 7.70 Air Post (C27) and 1.25l Blue tied by Rome Dec. 15 special flight machine cancel, signed by all of the pilots, including General Balbo, Rio de Janeiro Jan. 22, 1931 receiving machine cancel, light vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine, accompanied by a postcard promoting the flight

E. 500-750
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1163
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1163, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1931, June 21, Post and Gatty Round the World Flight (AAMC 1141), 1931, June 21, Post and Gatty Round the World Flight (AAMC 1141)1931, June 21, Post and Gatty Round the World Flight (AAMC 1141). 2c tied by Mineola N.Y. Jun. 21 machine cancel on flight cover signed by Post and Gatty, appropriate cachets and datestamps, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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1164
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1164, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1933, April 17, Bertram Round the World Return Flight to Germany (AAMC 1162), 1933, April 17, Bertram Round the World Return Flight to Germany (AAMC 1162)1933, April 17, Bertram Round the World Return Flight to Germany (AAMC 1162). Australia, Netherlands Indies, India, and Germany stamps tied by Darwin, Soerabaja, Akyab, and Berlin datestamps respectively on specially prepared large flight cover, Very Fine, on the inbound flight to Australia, they crashed into the Indian Ocean and were stranded for several weeks, on the return flight they crashed in Soerabaja, one day after taking off from Darwin

E. 300-400
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1165
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1165, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1932, July 5, Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167), 1932, July 5, Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167)1932, July 5, Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167). U.S., German and Russian franking appropriately tied on flown cover to New York City signed by Mattern and Griffin, light toning bands which are found on all covers on this flight, Fine, only ten covers are believed to have been carried on this flight

E. 750-1,000
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1166
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1166, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1933, July 23, Balbo Return Flight to Rome (AAMC 1184h), 1933, July 23, Balbo Return Flight to Rome (AAMC 1184h)1933, July 23, Balbo Return Flight to Rome (AAMC 1184h). $4.50 on 75c Air Post stamp (C18) tied by Clarenville July 28 violet boxed handstamp and Shoal Harbour Aug. 1 datestamp on registered cover to Rome, on reverse 5c and 7c stamps tied by Shoal Harbour Aug. 1, 1933 datestamps, 55 signatures on front and back including all 48 from all the pilots and co-pilots present in Shoal Harbour

VERY FINE. ONLY A TINY NUMBER OF FLOWN COVERS WERE SIGNED BY MEMBERS OF THE CREW.

A particularly desirable Newfoundland Balbo flight cover

E. 2,000-3,000
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1167
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1167, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1933, July 23, Flight by Captain and Mrs. Mollison, Pendine, Wales to New York (AAMC 1185), 1933, July 23, Flight by Captain and Mrs. Mollison, Pendine, Wales to New York (AAMC 1185)1933, July 23, Flight by Captain and Mrs. Mollison, Pendine, Wales to New York (AAMC 1185). Typewritten "Per Airplane 'Seafarer'/London-New York/June 1933" and autographed by both, addressed to New York, Very Fine and rare transatlantic flight cover, only four carried -- the plane crossed the Atlantic successfully but ran out of gas and was forced down in a marsh at Stratford, Connecticut; the plane was wrecked and both pilots were injured; all covers from this flight have the stamps floated off and some water staining, ex Krinsky and Robertson, accompanied by a menu for a reception by the Advertising Club of New York and signed by both aviators

E. 1,000-1,500
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1168
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1168, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1933, Aug. 5, Distance Record Flight, New York to Syria (AAMC 1186), 1933, Aug. 5, Distance Record Flight, New York to Syria (AAMC 1186)1933, Aug. 5, Distance Record Flight, New York to Syria (AAMC 1186). Longines-Wittnauer cover with U.S. and Syrian franking, signed by Codos and Rossi, Very Fine, just 25 covers were carried, and only some of those were signed by the pilots

E. 400-500
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1169
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1169, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1934, May 25, Attempted Nonstop Flight, Paris to San Diego Cal. (AAMC 1208), 1934, May 25, Attempted Nonstop Flight, Paris to San Diego Cal. (AAMC 1208)1934, May 25, Attempted Nonstop Flight, Paris to San Diego Cal. (AAMC 1208). Flown cover signed by Rossi and Codos, French and U.S. franking tied by May 25 and May 29 datestamps, respectively, Very Fine, rare, with only ten covers carried

E. 400-500
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1170
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1170, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1935 Amelia Earhart Mexico-New York Flight Cover (AAMC 1231b), 1935 Amelia Earhart Mexico-New York Flight Cover (AAMC 1231b)1935 Amelia Earhart Mexico-New York Flight Cover (AAMC 1231b). May 8 Los Angeles-New York second leg of the flight, appropriate U.S. stamps tied by Los Angeles Apr. 19 and Newark May 8 circular datestamps, Mexico 40c Air Post Official tied by Apr. 20 airmail postmark, signed Amelia Earhart, proper backstamps, a few very minor toned spots (which seems endemic to covers on this flight), otherwise Very Fine, mail carried on the second leg is rarer than the more recognizable first leg for which the special stamp was produced

E. 750-1,000
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1171
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1171, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1935, Sep. 24, Attempted Non-Stop Flight by Waitkus, New York to Lithuania (AAMC 1241), 1935, Sep. 24, Attempted Non-Stop Flight by Waitkus, New York to Lithuania (AAMC 1241)1935, Sep. 24, Attempted Non-Stop Flight by Waitkus, New York to Lithuania (AAMC 1241). Combination U.S. and Lithuania 1935 40c Special Overprint (C80 var) tied on flown cover addressed by Lt. Felix Waitkus to himself and signed, appropriate cachets, additional stamps tied on back, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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1172
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1172, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1936, May 29, Manila-Madrid First Flight (AAMC 1260), 1936, May 29, Manila-Madrid First Flight (AAMC 1260)1936, May 29, Manila-Madrid First Flight (AAMC 1260). Airmail cover with 16c Philippines franking tied by Manila duplex, purple handstamp cachet, Hong Kong backstamp, signed by pilots Antonio Arnaiz and Juan Calvo, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 1173, Trans-Oceanic Flights (Chronological by AAMC)1939, Apr. 28, Attempted Non-Stop Flight, Moscow to World's Fair, New York (AAMC 1320), 1939, Apr. 28, Attempted Non-Stop Flight, Moscow to World's Fair, New York (AAMC 1320)1939, Apr. 28, Attempted Non-Stop Flight, Moscow to World's Fair, New York (AAMC 1320). Registered picture postcard to New York N.Y. with usual four-stamp franking tied by Moscow Apr. 28 circular datestamp, registry labels, Miscou Lighthouse N.B. Apr. 28 circular datestamp applied after crash following flight across Europe and Atlantic, Very Fine, only 32 cards were carried, accompanied by a photograph of navigator Gordienko and a ticket to the landing at Floyd Bennett Field

E. 500-750
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