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Early U.S. Airmail stamps

1918 issue

Scott C1, 6, plate number 9155

Scott C2, 16, plate number F8900

Scott C2 var, 16¢, local precancel, plate number F8900

Scott C3, 24, red plate number 8492

Scott C3, 24, blue plate number 8493

Scott C3 var, 24 "fast plane," red plate number 8492

Scott C3 var, 24 "high and fast plane," blue plate number 8493 and red plate number 8492

Scott C3 var, 24 "high plane," red plate number 8492

Scott C3a, 24 frame inverted error, blue plate number 8493 T

A plate number single of this stamp does not actually exist. The sole plate block from the unique sheet has been preserved intact. The above image is a mock-up of what a Scott C3a plate single might look like. It was created by a former APNSS Secretary, the late Tom Yano, and was used as an eye-catcher and as part of the APNSS logo for some years.

Scott C3a, 24 frame inverted error, blue plate number 8493, photographically cropped from the unique plate block of 4. No red plate number appeared on the original sheet.

 

1923 issue

Scott C4, 8, plate number 14824

Scott C5, 16, plate number 14828

Scott C6, 24, plate number 14841

 

1926-27 "Map" issue

Scott C7, 10, plate number 18246

Scott C7 var, local precancel, plate number 18247

Scott C8, 15, plate number 18746

Scott C9, 20, plate number18898

Scott C9 var, 20, Plate Number F18892 B. On this plate, the "F" appeared in both the normal Top Right position as well as inverted in the Lower Left position as in this example.

Scott C9 var, 20, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number18893

 

1927 Lindbergh issue

Scott C10, 10, plate number 18999

Scott C10 var, local precancel, plate number 18998

Scott C10a, 10 from booklet pane, plate number 19427

 

1928 Beacon issue

Scott C11, 5, red plate number 19570 and blue plate number 19546

Scott C11 var, 5¢, "open door" variety, blue plate number F19666

Scott C11 var, 5, blue vignette shifted to left, red plate number 19701

Scott C11 var, 5¢, blue vignette shifted to right, blue plate number F19688

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott C11 var, 5¢, blue vignette shifted to top, red plate number 19702

Scott C11 var, 5, blue vignette shifted to bottom, red plate number F19551

Winged Globe issues

Scott C12, 5 flat plate issue, plate number 19944

Scott C12 var, 5¢, ghost plate number 20189

Scott C16, 5 rotary press issue, plate number 20606

Scott C16 var, 5 rotary press issue, ghost plate number 20607

Scott C19, 6, plate number 21235

Scott C19 var, local precancel, plate number 21598

Scott C19 var, 6¢ misperfed, plate number 21234

Scott C17, 8, plate number 21030

Scott C17 var, local precancel, plate number 21028

Scott C17 var, 8, misperfed, plate number 21031

Scott C24, 30, plate number F22384

 

1930 Zeppelin issue

Scott C13, 65, plate number 20077

Scott C14, $1.30, plate number 20085

Scott C15, $2.60, plate number 20092

1933 "Baby Zeppelin" issue

Scott C18, 50, plate number 21172

 

1935-37 China Clipper issues

Scott C20, 25, plate number 21476

Scott C21, 20 green, plate number 21626

Scott C21 var, 20 dark green, plate number 21623

Scott C22, 50, plate number 21625

 

1935 Bi-colored Eagle issue

Scott C23, 6 dark blue & carmine, plate numbers F21847 and 21855

Scott C23 var (formerly C23c), 6 ultramarine & carmine error, plate number F21948

Scott C23 var, 6, local precancel, plate number 21903

Scott C23 var, 6¢, misperfed vertically, plate number 21835

Scott C23 var, 6 dark blue & carmine, misperfed horizontally, plate numbers 21921 and F21835

Scott C23 var, 6¢ dark blue & carmine, carmine shifted to top, plate number F21844

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott C23 var, 6 dark blue & carmine, misperfed due to paper fold, carmine shifted to bottom, plate number F21845

Scott C23a, 6¢ dark blue & carmine, imperforate horizontally error, pair with plate number 21835

 

1941-44 Transport issue

Scott C25, 6, plate number 23253

Scott C25 var, misperfed vertically, plate number 23165

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott C25 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 23348

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott C25 var, 6, over-inked, plate number 23253

Scott C25a, 6, booklet single with partial plate number 22980

Scott C25a, 6¢, misperfed vertically, plate number 22980

Image courtesy of Doug D'Avino

A plate number example of C25 with faked R.F. overprint and cancellation is illusted on the AMG-France page.

Scott C26, 8, plate number 23128

Scott C26 var, 8¢ local precancel, plate number 23121

Scott C27, 10, plate number 22757

Scott C27 var, 10¢ local precancel, plate number 22757

Scott C28, 15, plate number 22765

Scott C29, 20, plate number 22761

Scott C30, 30, plate number 22774

Scott C31, 50, plate number 22778

Most airmail stamps that picture an airplane use a real plane. For the "Transport" issue, the plane is a mock-up of various features from different planes and manufacturers. The tri-tail, for example, is borrowed from the Lockheed Constellation.

1945 DC-4 Skymaster

Scott C32, 5, Large Skymaster, plate number 23488

Scott C32 var, 5¢, misperfed horizontally, plate number 23487

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott C33, 5 Small Skymaster, plate number 23586

Scott C33 var, 5 Small Skymaster, phantom plate number 23532

Scott C37, 5 Small Skymaster coil, partial plate number 23717

Scott C39, 6 Small Skymaster, wet printing, plate number 24042

Scott C39 var, 6 Small Skymaster, misperfed vertically to left, plate number 23985

Scott C39 var, 6¢ Small Skymaster, misperfed vertically to right, plate number 23974

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott C39 var, 6 Small Skymaster, misperfed vertically and horizontally, plate number 24031

Scott C39b, 6¢ Small Skymaster, dry printing, plate number 25340

Scott C39a, 6 Small DC-4 Skymaster, single from wet printed booklet pane, plate number 24264

Scott C41, 6¢ Small DC-4 Skymaster coil, partial plate number 24170

 

1947-49 issues

Scott C34, 10 Pan American Union Building, wet printing, plate number 23694

Scott C34a, 10¢ dry printing, plate number 25613

Scott C34 var, 10¢ double paper error, plate number 23693

Scott C35, 15 NYC skyline, wet printing, plate number 25940

Scott C35 var, 15¢ overinked, plate number 24505

Scott C35b, 15¢ dry printing, plate number 25940

Scott C36, 25 Brooklyn Bridge, wet printing, plate number 23668

Scott C36a, 25¢ dry printing, plate number 25615

Scott C38, 5 New York City, plate number 23846

Scott C40, 5 Alexandria, Virginia, plate number 24088

Scott C40 var, 5¢ Alexandria, under-inked, plate number 24085

Scott C40 var, 5¢ Alexandria, overinked, plate number 24083

 

1949 U.P.U. issue

Scott C42, 10, plate number 24155

Scott C43, 15, plate number 24149

Scott C44, 25, plate number 24153

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This page last updated April 4, 2021.