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NY PHL DC

Bud's plate reflects his interest in, and knowledge of, flying. He has NY PHL DC on his maroon Chevrolet Corsica. He said that this was the route of the first commercial flight. It was May 15, 1918. There were two flights that day. Both were airmail flights. The other flight originated in Washington, D.C. and was to go to Philadelphia and end up in New York, while this flight was starting in New York, stopping in Philadelphia and ending up in Washington D.C. The flight that originated in Washington, D.C. crashed, so this was the first flight. The plane took off from the infield of Belmont Park Racetrack.

Bud is also an avid stamp collector. He said that the first airmail stamp featured this flight. One sheet of those stamps was inadvertently printed with the airplane flying upside down. It has become the most valuable stamp in history. He said that just one of these twenty-four cent stamps has sold for as much as $135,000!




 

©1994 by Dennis R. Cowhey
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Library of Congress Number: 94-96301

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