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Hello,   having a lovely weekend I hope?  Maybe cold there? Not here. Very nice.  Just a quick one tonight  to show these two from the 2001 Aircraft issue from New Zealand.  Easy to see what aircraft they are I think. The DC3 is obvious I expect, but what about the seaplane. Thinking of the time I was taken up and down and up and down in one, not this plane I have to admit!. Wonderful memories.

It is a  Boeing & Westervelt seaplane.   Interesting history perhaps you will agree.

The B & W was the first Boeing product, named after the initials of its designers, William Boeing and U.S. Navy Lt. Conrad Westervelt.

The first B & W, completed in June 1916, was made of wood, linen and wire. Inspired by the Martin TA trainer that Boeing owned, the B & W had, among other improvements, better pontoons and a more powerful engine.

Two B & Ws were offered to the U.S. Navy. When the Navy did not buy them, they were sold to the New Zealand Flying School and became the company’s first international sale. The B & Ws later were used for New Zealand express and airmail deliveries, set a New Zealand altitude record of 6,500 feet (1981 meters) feet on June 25, 1919, and made that country’s first official airmail flight on Dec. 16, 1919.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these. Have a great weekend

Enjoy your stamps and your flying      Michael    www.cddstamps.com

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