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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights

Foreign Attempted Flights
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Lot 925

Canada, 1922 (Jan 20), Attempted Flight, Halifax - St. John's, Roessler illustrated airmail envelope franked with 10¢ & 20¢ Admirals tied by boxed "FIRST AIR MAIL HALIFAX TO ST. JOHNS JANUARY 1922" cancels, Fine to Very Fine. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff and the mail was carried to St. Johns by boat.
Estimate $100 - 150.
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Lot 926

Canada, 1927 (Sep 1), Attempted Windsor, Ont. - Windsor, England (AAMC 2705), cover addressed to Ireland with appropriate flight cachet and boxed "Trans-Atlantic Air Mail", no other markings; includes original letter noting the occasion and telling the addressee that "this letter is being handed to Mr. Schiller" (Duke Schiller, one of the two pilots); also includes a 3½: x 5" photo of a Stinson Model V monoplane similar to the Royal Windsor used for the flight, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

The "Royal Windsor" was in a race to England with the "Sir John Carling". However, the flight was abandoned on Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, when the "Sir John Carling", which had started first, disappeared over the Atlantic. Very few covers were carried
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 927

France, 1934 (May 25), Attempted Nonstop Flight, Paris - San Diego (AAMC TO 1208), cover with all proper stamps and postmarks, signed pilots Rossi and Codos; also includes a postcard size press photo of their plane, Joseph le Brix, leaving Paris.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $550.
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Lot 928

Germany, 1927 (Aug 14), Attempted Junkers Tandem Flight Dessau - New York (AAMC TO 1061), registered cover with appropriate markings including "Return, Flight Not Completed" cachet; also includes a few collateral clippings, etc., Very Fine. Off-cover stamps catalog $500+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 929

India, 1932 (Apr 14), Bertram "Atlantis" Attempted Round-the-World Flight (AAMC TO 1162), cover flown Ichapur to Rangoon franked with 1a3p postage canceled Rangoon and backstamped Calcutta, Apr 27, with violet "Atlantis"/ Ichapur cachet tying a red descriptive label and a black "Bertram - Atlantis Expedition" cachet, Very Fine. Addressed by and signed on the back by Indian mail-rocketeer, Stephen H. Smith, of the Indian Air Mail Society.
AAMC $650.
Estimate $400 - 600

Bertram and his crew made it successfully from Germany to India, but were forced down over the Indian Ocean. The plane and crew were rescued but the flight was discontinued.

Realized $300.
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Lot 930

Italy, 1934 (Jan 29), Attempted Flight Rome - Buenos Aires, picture postcard franked with 3.25L include the 3L Special Airmail (C53) with appropriate postmarks and Italian flight cachet but without the P.A.A. cachet, Very Fine.
AAMC TO 1201.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Realized $110.
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Lot 931

Italy, 1934 (Aug 17), Attempted Flight, Rome - New York, cover franked with three 1934 World Cup stamps (327, C62-63), tied by Aug 17 Rome c.d.s.s with Aug 19 Newport (England) - where the flight ended - c.d.s. at bottom; signed in green by pilot, Cesare Sabelli, Very Fine.
Sassone 362; €900 ($960). AAMC TO 1214.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $325.
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Lot 932

Lithuania, 1935 (Sep 24), Attempted Nonstop Flight, New York - Lithuania (AAMC TO 1241, 1241a), two covers with appropriate markings, one with U.S. postage and special overprinted Lithuanian stamp (C84 footnote), the other with no U.S. postage and with ordinary Lithuanian stamps; both are signed by the pilot, Lt. Felix Waitkus; also includes a small photo of Waitkus plane, Lituanica II, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $1,700.
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Lot 933

Russia, 1939 (Apr 28), Attempted Nonstop Flight, Moscow - New York World's Fair (AAMC TO 1320), registered cover postmarked Moscow, 28 Apr, with straightline cachet (in Russian) "Moscow-New York Flight", and Miscou Lighthouse, New Brunswick receiver on front (the plane made a crash landing on Miscou Island and the flight was abandoned); bit of minor perf toning, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,200.
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Lot 934

Sweden, 1929 (Jun 9), Attempted Swedish Flight, Stockholm - New York (AAMC TO 1090a, b), two registered covers, one Stockholm - New York, the other Reykjavik - New York, both with appropriate markings, Very Fine, only 65 Reykjavik covers were carried.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $850.
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