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Hello, I am back from the PhilaTaipei Stamp Exhibition in Taipei and thought you might like to see a few of the stamps I found while browsing the various dealer stands.

This is one of my favourites. Issued by Portugal  in 2014 to celebrate “Airplanes that Azores Know” The aircraft shown on the stamp is tail NC 18603, also known as the Yankeee Clipper. It made its maiden flight in 1939 and its last in February 1943 when it left Horta in the Azores for Lisbon. Unfortunately, it crashed while attempting to land when the left wingtip of the aircraft contacted the water of the River Tagus during a descending turn. Sadly also, 48 of the 78 crew and passengers died in the accident.

The Boeing clipper is widely regarded at the summit of flying boat technology.  It inaugurated the world’s first transatlantic  heavier-than-air service, and carried passengers and cargo around the globe in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Large, luxurious, and reliable — and with, what was then, an astounding range of 3,500 statute miles — the B-314 made intercontinental passenger airline service a practical reality.

The B-314 could carry 74 passengers and 10 crew, although in overnight sleeper configuration, the ship accommodated 40 passengers in seven luxurious compartments, including a 14-seat dining room and a private “honeymoon suite” at the tail end of the plane.

Over the course of their careers, the B-314’s operated by Pan American made approximately 5,000 ocean crossings and flew more than 12.5 million miles, and each of Pan Am’s Boeing clippers accumulated more than 18,000 flight hours.

Enjoy your flying and your stamps.  Michael  cddstamps.com

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