Air India Post & Telegraphs 8th June 1948 First flight covers
Indian Post & Telegraphs issued souvenir covers to commemorate the historic first flight of Independent India.
Date: 8th June 1948
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation L-749
Name of the Aircraft: Malabar Princess,
Registration Mark: VT-CQP,
Pilot: Capt. K.R. Guzder
Frequency of service: Once a week.
Aircraft shown on the Air India souvenir cover is Mogul Princess(VT-CQS)
Air India official cover sent toWinchester and redirected to Oxford has a delivery cancel of 11th June 1948.
Air India official cover sent to Madras , the cover didn't fly the flight to London, Bombay arrival cancel of 7th June 1948 and delivery cancel of Madras n 8th June 1948.
Air India official cover sent to England addressed to C. Hansen a special rubber cancel was made by him and was applied to all covers addressed to him. The cancel can be found in all 3 types of covers i.e. official, souvenir and private covers as well.
Air India official cover sent to Geneva , special Grand Prix cancel was applied to all these covers.
Air India official cover sent to 3 different destinations Cairo, Ney York and Paris.
Top one registered to New York postage 2*12 As with receiving mark of 12th June.
Middle one is to Cairo with both arrival Arabic cancel and 9thJune at the back.
Air India official cover sent to London, Herefordshire- U.K.