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Tonights stamp is rather interesting for a few reasons I think.  It was issued in 1969, one of a set of two, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bahamas Airmail Services.

It shows a Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat.  This was an American twin engine sesquiplane amphibious aircraft.  What does that mean.  Sesquiplane is a common variation on the biplane where one wing (usually the lower) has not more than half the surface area of the other. The name means “one-and-a-half wings.”    Interesting to see I think and of course amphibious  means  it can  take off and land on both land and water.

The plane was sometimes called the Explorer’s Air Yacht.  It was flown successfully by Pan American and the US Army.  Howard Hughes owned one and Charles Lindbergh surveyed South America and Pacific Ocean routes for Pan Am in one.

If readers are interested there is a very nice single frame exhibit here on this issue.  Titled  “Wings over the Bahamas”  The exhibit shows the archival proof material from the Format International Security Printers Ltd., London that printed the two stamps for the Bahamas Post Office.

Have a great weekend    Michael  cddstamps.com