Upcoming Exhibition | Airmail Down Under
Aviation Museum & Library
Airmail Down Under
Beginning in the mid-1920s, aviation visionaries began to dream of air routes linking the nations of the Pacific rim. Although this dream was far beyond the capabilities of aircraft of the day, this ambition drove over two decades of experimentation and innovation that ultimately made transpacific air travel a reality. Government support for these efforts was provided through lucrative air mail contracts. Commemorative pieces of mail known as flight covers celebrating the opening of these new routes became a popular collectable. Today, these rare surviving flight covers document how the air route between the United States and Australia was built up island by island, and then strengthened in the post WWII era with the introduction of more advanced aircraft until non-stop travel between the United States and Australia became a reality.