Classic planes soar again on stamps
By Wire services
Published July 26, 2005
WASHINGTON - Ten classic American aircraft from the 1930s, '40s and '50s take to the skies in the form of postage as the U.S. Postal Service releases the American Advances in Aviation commemorative stamp sheet, available at post offices nationwide Saturday.
A description of each classic aircraft is on the back of the 20-pane stamp sheet depicting:
Boeing's 247 and B-29 Superfortress, Consolidated's PBY Catalina and B-24 Liberator, Lockheed's P-80 Shooting Star, Grumman's F6F Hellcat, Republic's P-47 Thunderbolt, Northrop's YB-49 Flying Wing, Engineering and Research Corporation's Ercoupe 415 and Beechcraft's 35 Bonanza. The header illustration includes a Hughes H-1 racer and Boeing's YB-52 Stratofortress.
The American Advances in Aviation stamp sheet was designed by Phil Jordan and the stamp illustrations and header design were painted by William S. Phillips, an award-winning historical aviation and landscape artist.
The 37-cent commemorative stamps and other American Advances in Aviation stamp products and themed items can be ordered through the postal store at www.usps.com/shop or at toll-free 1-800-782-6724 and include: an 8 x 10-inch aviation art print featuring all 10 stamps for $14.95, baseball caps, T-shirts, key chains and lapel pins.
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