Notes from the Past

An International Rocket Flight

I have been sent a handout giving a detailed account of a series of rocket flights which were conducted over the Texas-Mexico border on July 2, with a request for a review of the festivities.  It is a three-sheet form and since this column has space limitations, there is very little I can review in a few inches.  Anyway, several rockets were dispatched to the Mexican side, and vice-versa, more or less successfully.  One, according to the account, zoomed over the waiting reception committee on the other side of the river, overshooting its mark, and came to rest alongside a Mexican saloon, narrowly missing the windows.  The startled habitués of the institution scrambled out pronto to see what happened, but after good natured explanation and gestures all around, the projectile was recovered, and the inmates of the Mexican pub returned to their business.  Whether they were joined by the reception committee, the report sayeth not, but some of the covers were found to have been wrinkled in the impact.

The usual special stamps were provided for the rocket cover, stamps in the national colors of the respective nations, denominations, 50¢ each.  There remains only the necessity of marketing the covers.  The circular claims this to be "The First Complete International Rocket Flight in the World."  Further details -- Loyal Service Post No. 37, American Legion, McAllen, Texas.  

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
Stamps
July 25, 1935

Posted August 30, 1999

Editor's Note:  After World War II, a team including Wernher Von Braun brought German V2 rockets to White Sands Proving Ground for tests.  One errant V2 will be long remembered.  It flew across the border and crashed near a cemetery in Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas, leading to a considerable scramble by the test crews.

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