Henri Pequet

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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 Allahabad Airport 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]


  1. ^ S. B. Bhattacherje. Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates. p. A-175. 
  2. ^ http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2011/01/india-and-the-worlds-first-official-air-mail-by-airplane.html
  3. ^ http://philatelynews.com/2011/india/100-years-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-first-official-airmail-flight/
  4. ^ History of Air Cargo and Airmail from the 18th Century by Camille Allaz, page 26.
  5. ^ http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2011/01/india-and-the-worlds-first-official-air-mail-by-airplane.html
  6. ^ S. B. Bhattacherje. = Google Books Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates Check |url= value (help). p. A-175. 

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