THE ROCKET MAIL PAGE, PART 2

By Paul A. Roales

Updated: February 27, 2014

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NEWS

(Added February 27, 2014)

FINALLY, SOME ACTIVITY.

By Paul A. Roales and Others.


ITEM 1: THE FIRST LAUNCH OF 2014.

Sandy Warwick flew the first rocket mail of 2014 on Sunday Feb. 16. She launched 40 envelopes of 2 types at the Leonard, OK launch facility outside Tulsa. There were 20 of each design of cover and the reverse on all 40 covers was identical. I show the fronts and the common reverse above. There are a few examples of both covers still available for purchase. If you are interest in acquiring a cover from Sandy she can be contacted at Sandy Warwick apw45warwick@aol.com Her covers are for sale at $5.00 each.

ITEM 2: AN UPCOMING CANADIAN LAUNCH

I received an email from Wilfred Ashley McIsaac late last month notifying me of his upcoming launch. He said: "I thought you would enjoy the latest article on my rocket mail flights up here in Canada. A fifth and final launch (this time for sure) carrying mail will occur sometime in the late spring. Following the launch I send all of my covers to Gemada Stamps. From there they auction them off on Ebay."

He sent me a scan of one of the proposed rocket mail envelopes which I reproduce on the right. He also sent me a link to his web page discussing his launches. It is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VuBVp7H_s540CK2XHMleo_y04Wko3exuAdQQdG_QKqg/edit?usp=sharing&invite=CMn1sIkN

REMINDER.

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(Added January 30, 2014)

NO NEWS.

By Paul A. Roales.


ITEM 1: AN ADDITUION TO MY COLLECTION.

Since there have been no launches this winter and no news to report, I thought I would post this item just to let you know that I am still alive.

I was recently going through my collection and notice one common US cover that I did not have. So I went on eBay and bought the cover shown here for $8.97. This is one of a series of covers associated with the Aerophilatelic Federation Of The Americas (AFA) Congresses held in the early 1970's.

Beginning at their second Congress held in March, 1971 the AFA began flying rocket mail cards or covers. Their first one is US EZ 148 and was flown for them by the Pacific Rocket Society. They continued the practice at every spring and fall Congress until their last rocket mail flight for the 13th. Congress on April 23, 1976. The first two flights carried 300 and 305 cards of one variety. After that they began flying covers. They usually flew 310-330 covers of 3 different designs on each flight.

Although the Congresses were often held outside the US it appears that all the rocket mail was flown in the Mojave Desert of California. The covers are very colorful with many labels, stamps, and signatures. Of particular interest were the covers flown for the 11th. AFA Congress in Montevideo, Uruguay. Those covers were: "Flown by rocket in California, carried by 16 different airlines to Uruguay and back, by HOVERCRAFT across LAKE TITICACA & by HELECOPTER over PARAGUAY, ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, & IGASSU FALLS." Quite a ride.

REMINDER.

This page depends upon your information to prosper. Please contact me if you have any rocket mail information or news.


(Added November 1, 2013)

THE MOST RECENT LAUNCH.

By Paul A. Roales and Others.


ITEM 1:A RECENT LAUNCH

On September 28, 2013 Tulsa Rocketry held a rocket mail launch at their High Frontier 10 meet. The event occured in Pawhuska, OK. The rocket was custom designed, 4" in diameter, and about 7' long. It was powered by a CTI Pro-38 J425 Blue Streak solid fuel motor and reached an altitude of about 3100. The rocket was carrying 43 covers of 2 different designes (shown below).

The cover on the left was designed by Sandy Warwick using a previously issued Skylab event cover. 20 covers of this design were flown. All except 3 of them have the launch date rubberstamped on the front...this one does not. The cover on the right was flown by Tulsa Rocketry as a fundraiser for the Pawhuska Ministerial Alliance Food Bank. 23 of these covers were flow. At leat one was later destroyed after being mutilated by the USPO. There are a few examples of both covers still available for purchase. If you are interest in acquiring a cover from Sandy she can be contacted at Sandy Warwick apw45warwick@aol.com Her covers are for sale at $5.00 each. Tulsa Rocketry is selling their covers for $5.50 each at http://tulsarocketry.org/donate/".


(Added August 31, 2013)

AN UPCOMING LAUNCH.

By Paul A. Roales and Others.


ITEM 1:THE UPCOMING LAUNCH

Sandy Warwick provided the following information about an upcoming rocket mail flight. "Here is info on a coming rocket mail flight. I designed the cachet, but you will have to buy from the Tulsa Rocketry site. The link is included. This is a fund raiser for a rural food bank in Pawhuska, Oklahoma,where the flight will take place. All info is here/on the site. To celebrate the 10th annual High Frontier rocket launch at Pawhuska, OK, Tulsa Rocketry will conduct a Rocket Mail flight on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Approximately 100 RM covers will be carried aloft in a 4 inch-diameter High-Power rocket over 6-feet in length. The rocket will be powered by a J-impulse solid-fuel motor and is expected to reach an altitude of approximately 3000 feet. The covers will be mailed from Pawhuska, OK, after the flight. Commemorative HF10 covers can be pre-ordered now through the Tulsa Rocketry website for $5.50 each at http://tulsarocketry.org/donate/".



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