1941-1944 Transport Series #C25-C31
Designed to replace a hodgepodge of airmail stamps in various sizes, shapes and designs, the 1941 issues illustrated a twin-engine transport that was a composite of planes built by different companies and whose likelihood of actually flying was highly questionable!
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To avoid showing favoritism toward any particular manufacturer, the twin-motored transport pictured on these popular World War II airmail issues is a composite of several different models. While most of the plane resembles a Douglas DC-3, the most widely used aircraft at the time, the tail is a product of the stamp designer's imagination with the bottoms of the two outboard fins extending below the airplane's tail wheel. Most experts agree that an airplane of this design would never be able to leave the ground! While later planes such as the Lockheed Constellation (introduced in 1943) had similar tail fins, they featured a different landing gear configuration that kept the tail high off the ground.
This series, one of the few airmail sets with a unified design, was the culmination of a 5-year effort to replace a variety of older airmail stamps still in use. Originally issued as a set of 6, a rate increase of the basic airmail rate from 6¢ to 8¢ in 1944 resulted in an additional value. However, this rate was short-lived: a 1946 Act of Congress reduced the airmail rate to 5¢. (US #C25-31)
Airmail Transports Complete Mint Set of 7 - Regularly $31.75
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