First airmail letter delivered, Windsor Castle
The first airmail letter ever to be delivered is handed to the Postmaster of Windsor, to whom it is addressed, on the East Lawn of Windsor Castle. The aviator Gustav Hamel, who flew from Hendon to Windsor on the very first airmail flight, is standing bareheaded just behind the postman and his bicycle. The Mayor of Windsor, Sir Frederick Dyson, stands smiling in a top hat. The first aerial mail service took place on 9 September 1911 from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor and back again, and Hamel was the first pilot to arrive. King George V gave permission for the aeroplanes to land in the grounds of Windsor Castle. During September 1911 the Grahame-White company operated an experimental air mail service for two weeks between Hendon and Windsor. As well commemorating the coronation of King George V, and raising money for charity, the event publicised the possibilities of the aeroplane as a means of transport.
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Mexican officers visit paratroop display
Photograph: Mexican officers visit paratroop display. Major General Gustav Salinas commander of the Mexican Air Force and Captain Radames Gaxiela paid a visit to an airfield in the Eastern Command to witness a paratroop display recently. Shows a photograph of the mass descent by parachute which formed part of a display airborne troops gave for Mexican officers at an airfield of Eastern Command. Picture issued 1944. British Official photograph BH 25345. From a collection of 33 contact prints of British official photographs mounted on card with original associated typescript captions. Photographs chiefly relate to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, 1944. Some of the captions are incomplete. Associated with D-Day and Operation OVERLORD, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945) 1944 and the Normandy Breakout, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945) 1944. Date: 1944
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Paul von Hatzfeldt (1831-1901). Was a German diplomat. Engra
Paul von Hatzfeldt (1831-1901). Was a German diplomat. Count Hatzfeldt served as Ambassador to Constantinople from 1878 to 1881, as Foreign Secretary and head of the Foreign Office from 1881 to 1885, and as Ambassador to London from 1885 to 1901. Engraving. 19th century. Colored.
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