He's right of course. Corbett makes this observation by way of introducing a new series of postage stamps that show us the world as viewed from airplanes and satellites.
|Photo courtesy Ed Davies|
In the November issue of Airways magazine, Ed Davies has a wonderful story about the hullabaloo that accompanied the new postage stamps issued in 1946 and featuring the Douglas DC-4. In press extravaganza not unlike what we'd see today for the unveiling of a new model iPad, the first letters bearing this stamp were canceled aboard a special flying post office.
The stunt went on for several weeks using three different planes from three different airlines Davie reports. (He is still trying to post script the story with photos and registration numbers from the American and TWA flying post offices.)
So don't bemoan the lost glory days of aviation without feeling just a little sympathy for the post office. Can you imagine a new stamp getting that kind of treatment today? But that's raining on the USPS parade and I don't want to do that when they've just presented us a whole series of tiny windows through which we can see the beauty in the ordinary for just 45 cents a peek.
When I fly, I always keep my face pressed up against the window and though they'll never be postage stamps, here photos of places I've seen from above.
|Outside of Park City, Utah in Steve Guenard's biplane|
|Shadow of my own Lufthansa flight with"pilot's halo" above Frankfurt.|
|Above Zambia on Ethiopian Airlines|
|Hamilton, New Zealand with flight instructor William Nicol of CTC Aviation|