lot # 1219 - RUSSIA Flight Covers
1935 1r on 10k (Levanevsky) Moscow-San Francisco overprint, used on registered and flown picture postcard (Sigismund Levanevsky) from Moscow, via San Francisco, addressed to Mr. Arens, Consul General of the U.S.S.R. in New York, with bilingual "Special Air Flight Moscow-San Francisco through the North Pole" cachets, with New York (Sep 17) arrival pmks, perfectly fresh and v.f., signed Bolaffi, with copy of his certificate. (three Soviet fliers, Sigismund Levanevsky, George Baidukov and Victor Levchenko, took off from Schlovsky Military Airport near Moscow in the red-winged Soviet monoplane "O 25" at 6:30 A.M. on a 6,000 mile non-stop flight to San Francisco, via the North Pole. Flying over Siberia and 700 miles across the Arctic Ocean, the plane developed problems, and on radio instructions, the fliers returned to their base. Mail was later forwarded by airmail)
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