Celebrating the AAA's Diamond Jubilee:
Commemorative Air Mail Flight
The Antique Airplane Association and the Air Power Museum would like to announce that the 2013 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, IA (August 28th – Sept 2nd) will commemorate the "Diamond Jubilee" (60th Anniversary) of the Antique Airplane Association (1953-2013) with a special flight of antique/classic aircraft, carrying souvenir air mail.
Similar to 2008, when we celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the beginning of air mail service in the United States, the 2013 flight will feature antique/classic aircraft that have played a role in the six decades of Antique Airplane Association history. Included will be aircraft that attended those first AAA National Fly-ins (1954-1956), a classic aircraft owned during that same time period by AAA founder and President Robert L. Taylor, a Luscombe (the featured aircraft at this year’s Fly-in) with a significant tie to air mail history, and other noteworthy antiques.
We have been in contact with the USPS and they have, as in 2008, enthusiastically embraced this project. They have approved and are preparing the cancellations that will be used on the flown souvenir postal covers. As well, they will set up temporary "Air Mail Field Stations" here at Antique Airfield as well as nearby Ottumwa and Oskaloosa airports. The FBOs at both Ottumwa and Oskaloosa have pledged their support and help to make this event successful.
The mail flight will launch from Antique Airfield on Friday Aug 30th at 11:30 am, once the participating pilots and crew have been sworn in as "official" USPS airmail pilots by Blakesburg, IA postmaster Susie Pierson. The route will be from Antique Airfield to Ottumwa Industrial Airport (where the original AAA National Fly-ins were held), to nearby Oskaloosa Airport (where the National AAA Fly-in was held in 1959-1961) then return to Antique Airfield.
APM president Mike Gretz has once again designed the souvenir postal cover, not only to reflect the AAA "Diamond Jubilee" but also that of the early Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes. The envelopes will be of the correct size and markings, as well as the all-important cancellations. While the exact amount of covers to be flown has yet to be determined, they will be of limited numbers as in 2008. These souvenir covers will be sold to help raise funds for the APM and its projects.
The covers will soon be available for pre-sale here on the website and an announcement will be made when those sales start. During the AAA/APM Fly-in they will be available for purchase in the APM Gift Shop.
There is late word that another local museum will be joining us in this event with their own commemorative air mail flight as well. Their flight will feature a specific type of classic aircraft and we welcome their participation. Watch the website for more news about this welcome addition to the AAA "Diamond Jubilee" celebrations.
So join us on Friday August 30th to help celebrate this milestone for the Antique Airplane Association and its mission to "Keep the Antiques Flying"!