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Canadian stamp: First Transatlantic flight celebration 1919 issued June 13 1969
.15c Scotts #494 / SG #636 #494i (dull florescent paper)
Perf. 12 X 12.5
Designer: Robert William Bradford
Printer: British American Banknote Co.
In the early days of flight, there was a mad scramble to be the first at just about everything – first across the English Channel, fastest, highest, longest flight. You name it, pilots pushed the limits. After Bleroit's successful crossing of the English Channel in 1909, the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK offered £10,000 to the first person(s) to fly the Atlantic nonstop. That was the sticky part – it had to be non stop in under 72hrs. No serious attempt was made until after WW1 which produced big advancements in air technology making the possibility of an ocean crossing feasible.
A number of attempts were made but Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown, flying a Vickers Vimy, claimed the prize.
(Alcock and Brown are on the left and right. The archive doesn’t note who the man in the middle was.)