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
border on July 2, with a request for a review of the
It is a three-sheet form and since this column has space limitations,
is very little I can review in a few inches. Anyway, several
were dispatched to the Mexican side, and vice-versa, more or less
One, according to the account, zoomed over the waiting reception
on the other side of the river, overshooting its mark, and came to rest
alongside a Mexican saloon, narrowly missing the windows. The
habitués of the institution scrambled out pronto to see what happened,
but after good natured explanation and gestures all around, the
was recovered, and the inmates of the Mexican pub returned to their
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
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
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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