Hello, yes I am back. Sorry been really busy. Was in Australia for a week then last week not an evening free to think about stamps. Now this lovely stamp commemorating a sad time for sure. But first a big Thank You to my philatelic colleague and fellow IPDA Board member who sent me an envelope of stamps with aircraft on them. As you all know I give lots of stamps away though my Children’s Corner on my web site cddstamps so it is always nice to get a few sent to me. Thanks Larrry.
Ok, about this stamp. Issued in 1967 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the attempted non stop trans-atlantic flight by Charles Nugngesser and Francois Coli. It features an image of their aircraft, a Levasseur PL.8 biplane
Charles Nungesser, was a French ace pilot and adventurer, best remembered as a rival of Charles Lindbergh. Nungesser was a renowned ace in France, rating third highest in the country for air combat victories during World War I.
After the war, Nungesser mysteriously disappeared on an attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, flying with wartime comrade François Coli in The White Bird (L’Oiseau Blanc). Their aircraft took off from Paris on 8 May 1927, was sighted once more over Ireland, and then was never seen again. The disappearance of Nungesser is considered one of the great mysteries in the history of aviation, and modern speculation is that the aircraft was either lost over the Atlantic or crashed in Newfoundland or Maine. Two weeks after Nungesser and Coli’s attempt, Charles Lindbergh successfully made the journey, flying solo from New York to Paris in Spirit of St. Louis. Monuments and museums honoring Nungesser and Coli’s attempt exist at the Le Bourget airport in Paris and on the cliffs of Étretat, the location from which their plane was last sighted in France.

Have a great weekend.. Michael

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