THE ROCKET MAIL PAGE, PART 2
By Paul A. RoalesUpdated: August 31, 2015
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(Added August 31, 2015)
AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AND LEE HARVEY OSWALD.By Paul A. Roales.
ITEM 1: USA CANADA FRIENDSHIP FLIGHT. On June 24, 2015 Wilfred Ashley McIsaac flew 50 business sized covers in a Super X rocket in eastern Ontario, Canada. The rocket crashed 1/4 mile away. The covers were then mailed to Sandy Warwick and she flew the 50 covers at Leonard, Oklahoma in an A2 rocket on July 12, 2015. Thus these covers were flown in two countries. The covers are only available on eBay. My example is shown below.
ITEM 2: THE LEE HARVEY OSWALD FLIGHT. On August 9, 2015 Ms. Sandy Warwick flew 12 special Project Mercury stamp first day covers as rocket mail in Tulsa, OK. These covers were unusual because they were addressed to Lee Harvey Oswald. The covers were obtained from the estate of a reputable stamp dealer in Tulsa but no one knows if they truly came from Lee Harvey Oswald. Some research by Ms. Warwick indicated that the address on the covers was Oswald's and that Oswald did have a subscription to recieve first day covers from a supplier, but it is impossible to know if these covers were actually his. In any event she flew 12 covers and a few are still available from her for $5. You can contact Sandy at email@example.com My copy is shown below.
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(Added June 30, 2015)
ANOTHER LAUNCH BY SANDY.By Paul A. Roales.
ITEM 1: A T.C.C. LAUNCH. On June 24, 2015 Ms. Sandy Warwick's students in her Rocketry For Kids class of 8-10 year olds at Tulsa Community College launched their second rocket mail of 2015 in an A4 rocket at the SE campus of TCC. A total of 12 covers were flown. All include inserts showing the landing site of Apollo 12 on the moon. A few are available from Sandy for $5 each. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org Sandy promises some surprises for later this summer. My copy from this flight is shown below.
(Added April 30, 2015)
ACTIVITY PICKS UP.By Paul A. Roales.
ITEM 1: AN APRIL LAUNCH. On April 18, 2015 Ms. Sandy Warwick's students at Tulsa Community College launched their first rocket mail of 2015 at the TCC campus. A total of 20 covers were flown. Some of the covers were originally postmarked at Kennedy Space Center and some (as the example below) were postmarked at Cape Canaveral. All include inserts showing the EVA's of the Apollo 14 astronauts on the moon. A few are available from Sandy for $5 each. You can contact her at email@example.com My copy is shown below.
(Added February 28, 2015)
THE FIRST FLIGHT OF 2015.By Paul A. Roales.
ITEM 1: THE FIRST ROCKET MAIL FLIGHT OF 2015.
Sandy Warwick of Tulsa has flown the first rocket mail of 2015 on Feb. 10th at Bernie MO. They were flown on an extended V2 rocket. Sandy was offering the flown postcards for $4 each. Only 15 were flown. You can contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org My copy is shown below.
(Added January 31, 2015)
SOME HISTORY.By Paul A. Roales.
ITEM 1: HISTORY 101
Since there has been no news of any rocket mail launches recently I thought I would show a few more of the photos I have collected of older rocket mail flights. Below are shown the cover and 4 photos from the May 22,1963 flight by William Ronson at Camp Pickett, VA. This is US EZ 63. The variety I have is US EZ 63C1b with the Imperforated stamp (label). According to the EZ Catalog 165 of this variety and 100 of the variety with the perforated stamp were flown. On the reverse of the cover is stamped in blue ink: "Valid Rocket Flown Cover # 26 [filled in with ink pen]; William Ronson, Experimenter" Then the signature of William Ronson below. In the lower right corner a large "26" is stamped in blue ink.
Each of the photo has some text written on the reverse.
Photo 1: (Upper Right) Mail Rocket JFK - II on Launch Rack, Camp Pickett, VA 5-22-65 Orbit Covers.
And left to right on the lower scan are:
Photo 2: Launch Mail Rocket JFK - II Camp Pickett, VA 5-22-65 Orbit Covers.
Photo 3: Mail Rocket JFK - II After Impact Camp Pickett, VA 5-22-65 Orbit Covers.
Photo 4: Mail Rocket JFK - II After Flight Note Burned Fins Camp Pickett, VA 5-22-65 Orbit Covers.
Other Orbit Covers rocket mail sponcered events I have photos of include:
Windsor, Canada 12-22-62
Novi, Michigan 2-16-63
Camp Pickett, VA 10-5-63
JFK-I Camp Pickett, VA 10-31-64
JFK-III Camp Pickett, VA 10-30-65
I have duplicate photos of many of these Orbit Covers events, so if you want some photos cheap drop me a line.
(Added October 31, 2014)
CATCHING UP ON PREVIOUS FLIGHTS.By Paul A. Roales and Others.
HERE IS THE INFORMATION ON 3 ROCKET MAIL FLIGHTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN LATE SEPTEMBER Sandy Warwick was the designer for the three following rocket mail covers, but she flew only one of them.
A. At the HIGH FRONTIER 11 event in Pawhuska, OK on September 27, 2014 Sandy Warwick flew her own set of rocket mail covers in a V-2 model rocket. She flew 20 of the covers shown on the right. The back of the envelope is blank. That cover is available from Sandy at $5.00 per. To buy a cover contact Sandy at email@example.com
B. On September 27, 2014 Tulsa Rocketry flew 25 covers at Pawhuska, OK as part of the HIGH FRONTIER 11 event. That cover is shown immediately below. The rocket was a custom designed 4" diameter rocket about 7' in length. It was powered by a CTI Pro-38 J425 Blue Streak motor and reached an altitude of 3050'. The cover is for sale by Tulsa Rocketry at http://tulsarocketry.org/high-frontier-11/commemorative-high-frontier-rocket-mail-covers/ for $5.50 each.
C. Sandy had previously had contact with the Amity Oregon rocket club and provided them with rocket mail postcards to fly. They flew 20 of these postcards on September 28, 2014 at Amity Oregon in a V-2 model rocket. These are also available from Sandy at $3 each. To buy one contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org That postcard is shown lower below.
(Added October 1, 2014)
THE SUMMER FLYING SEASON CONTINUES.By Paul A. Roales and Others.
This is a two month report since I was on vacation in Washington State at the end of last month.
ITEM 2: THE JOINT CANADA-US ROCKET MAIL FLIGHT
The joint Canada/USA flight mentioned in my last report was flown by Sandy Warwick here in Tulsa on August 17, 2014. These seven covers had been previously flown in Canada by Wilfred Ashley McIsaac on May 14th. He flew 12 oversized covers and 7 of them were sent to Sandy to fly in the US. I show the front and back of the two country covers below. Note: I scanned the cover before Sandy entered the date on the reverse. On the flown covers the date is hand written. On this image I inserted the correct date via my computer. The covers will be sold on eBay.
ITEM 3: SANDY FLIES AGAIN.
Also on August 17 Sandy Warwick flew 25 covers of her own design. She continued her series of rocket mail flights utilizing previous space event covers. This time the covers were Apollo 15 covers posted on the day they landed on the moon. I show the cover and insert below. The covers are available for purchase-$5.00 per. To buy a cover contact Sandy at email@example.com
ITEM 4: OTHER FLIGHTS.
There were two other rocket mail flights the last weekend in September, one in Oregon and one in Oklahoma. I have not yet received my covers so I will report on them next time.
(Added July 30, 2014)
THE SUMMER FLYING SEASON CONTINUES.By Paul A. Roales and Others.
ITEM 1: CHALLENGER DISASTER LAUNCH COVERS AS ROCKET MAIL.
Sandy Warwick continues her practice of flying Space event covers as rocket mail. Her latest launch included 25 covers marking the launch of STS-51-L. This was the Challenger Space Shuttle that exploded shortly after launch killing the 7 astronauts on board. She said: "I was able to show my students at Tulsa Community College's "College for Kids" program a launch yesterday [July 23, 2014]. At 8:40 AM, I launched. My rocket carried NASA covers for the launch of The Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986....the mission that exploded. So,there are 25 available, should any of you find this of interest-$5.00 per." You can contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cover also has an interesting history. It is a product of the Rockwell Space Division Stamp Club. The Shuttle was built by Rockwell in Downey, CA. From 1976 until 1985 the RSDSC produced their own covers with cachets and cancels for many of the Space Shuttle events. In 1985 Rockwell suspended financial support for the club and they quit making their own covers. However they continued to service covers for other clubs and individuals. According to a web page about the club at http://www.disneylicenseplates.com/RSDSC/RSDSC_Index.html
The last known "crew patch" covers supported by RSDSC appears to be the STS-51L mission covers. Ed Rusinek (President of the club) continued to service covers for Shuttle missions by using cachet covers that were prepared by a "sister" club at KSC. There were a series of four covers produced for the 51L mission, two canceled at Downey, California and two canceled at Kennedy Space Center. These are #118 to #121 in the RSDSC Catalog on that web page. The cover used for this rocket mail flight is Catalog #119 on web page http://www.disneylicenseplates.com/RSDSC/RSDSC_1986.html
One of the rocket mail covers is shown below.
ITEM 2: A FUTURE LAUNCH.
The plan for a joint operation between Sandy Warwick of Tulsa, OK, USA and Wilfred Ashley McIsaac of Canada mentioned below is still on schedule. Seven of the covers flown in Canada on May 14 were sent to Sandy. She hopes to fly them early in August. They are already planning another joint venture with more covers to be flown.
ITEM 3: THE ASTROPHILE.
The Spring, 2014 issue of ASTROPHILE does not have any articles about rocket mail but a short note on p. 113 talks about and illustrates one of the RRI rocket mail covers flown on the launch date of Apollo 7 (Oct. 11, 1968). This is US EZ 110C3.
(Added July 1, 2014)
MORE ACTIVITY.By Paul A. Roales and Others.
ITEM 1: THE LATEST SWISS FLIGHT. Miri Matejka informed me of the latest rocket mail launch by GMÜNDER WELTRAUMFREUNDE at their Swiss launch facility. He says: "I am happy to inform you about our successful rocketlaunch on May 24, 2014 at “Cape Kaltbrunn” (SWISS). See attached covers and photo. About 25 of each covers were flown. I will sell this items on Ebay soon. Our next launch is planned for November 8, 2014."
The two covers and the launch photo are shown below.
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