Henri Pequet

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Stamp of India - 1961 - Colnect 238985 - 1 - Pecquet Flying Humber Sommer

Henri Pequet (1 February 1888 – 13 March 1974) was a pilot in the first official airmail flight on February 18, 1911.[1][2][3] The 23-year-old Frenchman, in India for an airshow, delivered about 6,500 letters when he flew from an Allahabad polo field to Naini, about 10 kilometers away. He flew a Humber-Sommer biplane with about fifty horsepower (37 kW), and made the journey in thirteen minutes.[4]

The letters were marked "First Aerial Post, U.P. Exhibition Allahabad 1911."[5][6]

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  1. ^ S. B. Bhattacherje (May 2009). Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates. p. A-175. ISBN 9788120740747.
  2. ^ "Blog | National Postal Museum".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ History of Air Cargo and Airmail from the 18th Century by Camille Allaz, page 26.
  5. ^ "Blog | National Postal Museum".
  6. ^ S. B. Bhattacherje (May 2009). Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates. p. A-175. ISBN 9788120740747.

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