On 18th February 1911, a French Pilot, Henri Pequet flew a small Sommer biplane carrying 6,500 letters from Allahabad to Naini. The Journey was brief and lasted just thirteen minutes. This was the world’s first official airmail flight. Among the letters of many eminent people there was one from Pt. Motilal Nehru to his son Jawaharlal Nehru.
INDIPEX 2011 marks the centenary of the world’s first airmail flight. To commemorate the occasion, India Post today rleased a set of four stamps.The Indian Airforce operated a special flight today between Allahabad and Naini and carry First Day Covers with the commemorative stamps and a special postmark recording re-enactment of this historic flight.
These stamps and covers with the special postmark will be much sought after by collectors and will be available at the exhibition.