On 15 My 1918 , in the midst of World War I , a group of Army Pilots delivered mail along the route that linked Washington ,Philadelphia and New York – initiating the World’s first scheduled airmail service.The US Postal Department office took charge of US Airmail service from 12 Aug 1918 through 01 Sep 1927.
In honor of beginning of Air Mail service USPS will release two postage stamps in 2018. The first stamp United States Airmail Blue has been issued on 01 May 2018 commemorating the brave spirit of pioneering Army Pilots. The stamp in blue printed in intaglio features a drawing of Curtiss JN-4H biplane typically used those days.
The second stamp identical to first one except that it will be in Red color will commemorate the beginning of Airmail delivery through US Post office department on 12 Aug 2018.
The United States Airmail Blue is being issued as a FOREVER stamp The stamp designer is Dan Gretta.
Pioneering Astronaut – Sally Ride – Stamps of USA 2018
United States issued a stamp on Sally Ride (1951-2012) – America’s first woman in space who inspired the nation as a pioneering Astronaut,Physicist and dedicated educator.
The Forever stamp was issued by USPS on 23 May 2018. The stamp art features Sally Ride in her light blue space suit and the space shuttle lifting in the background. This was first sketched in Charcoal and then rendered in oil paint.
The Service Cross Medals – Honoring Extra Ordinary Heroism – Stamps of USA 2016.
The USPS issued a set of four stamps on The Service Cross Medals -Honoring Extra Ordinary Heroism. The stamps were issued on 30 May 2016 . The Medals are
Distinguished Service Cross – It is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of United States Army (Previously to USA Air Forces also). Awarded for extra ordinary heroism.
Navy Cross– It is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a members of United States Navy,U.S Marine Corps (Coast Guard when operating under authority of Navy). Awarded for extra ordinary heroism.
Air Force Cross- It is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of United States Air Force. Awarded for extra ordinary heroism.
Coast Guard Cross– Military decoration of U.S Coast Guard.Established on 15 Oct 2010. For extra ordinary acts of heroism by a member of U S Coast Guard when not operating under the authority of U S Navy.
Special Cover India April 2018 – Canteen Stores Department 70 Years
A Special cover was issued at Mumbai on 07 April 2018 to commemorate 70 Years of Canteen Stores Department. It was started on 01 Apr 1948 for provisioning of Consumer goods to Armed Forces Personnel,Veterans and their families through Pan India network of Depots.
Biju Patnaik was born on 05 Mar 2016 in Cuttack Odisha. He Joined Royal India Air Force and Indian National Airways and saw action in WW II , Flew to Kashmir during 1947.He was also a Parliamentarian,Union Cabinet Minister and Chief Minister of Odisha.