Today in Postal History


United States to Cuba
May 13, 1935

The International Sky Train was a transportation experiment.
The 'train' comprised a tow plane and two gliders.

This cover reflects difficulties encountered on the first, and only,
International Sky Train mail delivery between the US and Cuba.
The difficulties are explained in the following enclosure.

Enclosure

The special stamps referred to above were Scott C16.
They were prepared by overprinting a 10c printing of the 1931 airmail with a red 10c surcharge:
PRIMER TREN AEREO
INTERNACIONAL  1935

O'Meara y du Pont     +10c

The stamps are believed to have some forgeries.
Scott lists a double overprint which is believed to be genuine
however the review of the discovered sheet was enver completed.

The covers also are believed to have been faked.
I do note that this cover does not have the number 148 inserted
in the space provided on the stamp signed by the pilots.

Ref:  Jaques, Robert, "Miami to Havana -- by Glider"
APJ, May 1980, pp.278-279, ill.
Account of the first (and only one ever) international sky train
flight which took place 18 May 1935 from Miami
to Havana and was piloted by O'Meara and Dupont.

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