|© 1997 USPS & Lockheed Martin Corp|
This is an oversize (5" X 7") postcard with a picture of a stamp from the Classic American Aircraft stamp issue. A sheet of 20 different aircraft stamps was issued on July 19, 1997. The complete sheet is shown here.
The aircraft on this stamp is Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega. This is the plane that Earhart used in 1932 to solo non-stop across the Atlantic (from Newfoundland, Canada to Londonderry, Northern Ireland) and the U.S. (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey ) – both firsts for a woman. The Vega was a favorite of pilots seeking to set speed and distance records. Earhart's Vega is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. You can see a photo of the display and read more about the plane and Amelia Earhart here.
This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog