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Notes

  • This is a numbered series of 100 printed cachet covers commemorating important events in the history of flight, including space. Not all 100 covers are listed here, only what is available.
  • The majority of the cachets are printed in black, however there are some that are printed in color and these have been noted in the description below.
  • Covers are cancelled on the anniversary of each historical event at the location where it occured, when possible.
  • In many cases the stamps used are related to the event. In some cases the cancellation on the cover may fall on the stamp(s) and may be hard to read, if that is the case, then all of the covers for that Milestone of Flight number are the same way.
  • Most of the covers below have a descriptive filler or insert telling about the event.
  • The majority of these covers have a Smithsonian address label, however a few might have a typed address or no address instead.
  • The early numbers in the series of 100 are hard to find.

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LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
MOF0004Q$20.0003/17/1973 
15th ANNIVERSARY OF VANGUARD 1 SATELLITE LAUNCH. The second U.S. satellite and space launch vehicle launched by the U.S. Navy, with Cape Canaveral FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 4.

MOF0005$6.0005/03/1973 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST U.S. NON-STOP COAST TO COAST FLIGHT, with San Diego CA cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 5. IMAGE

MOF0006$6.0007/15/1973 
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SOLO ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT BY WILEY POST IN THE "WINNIE MAE", with Oklahoma City OK cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 6.

MOF0007$5.0007/31/1973 
1st ANNIVERSARY, U.S. AEROBATIC TEAM'S SWEEP OF WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, with Fort Worth TX cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 7. Note: this is a FLOWN cover, and on the back flap of the envelope this is typed: "This Cover Flown in Aerobatic Sortie by Charlie Hillard, World Men's Aerobatic Champion". IMAGE

MOF0008$5.0009/04/1973 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. NAVY AIRSHIP "SHENANDOAH" (ZR-1), with Lakehurst NJ cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 8.

MOF0009$7.5010/22/1973 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 7 MISSION, (this was the first manned Apollo flight following the tragic Apollo One fire), with Cape Canaveral FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 9. Cachet is multicolored.

MOF0010$4.5012/17/1973 
70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AIRPLANE FLIGHT, with Kill Devil Hills NC cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 10.

MOF0011$4.5001/01/1974 
60th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st REGULARLY SCHEDULED AIRLINE, with St. Petersburg FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 11. IMAGE

MOF0012$4.5002/18/1974 
53rd ANNIVERSARY OF 1st EMERGENCY FREE TYPE PARACHUTE JUMP FROM A U.S. PLANE, with Minneapolis MN cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 12. IMAGE

MOF0013$6.0003/03/1974 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 9 SPACE MISSION, with Cape Canaveral FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 13. This cachet is multicolored. IMAGE

MOF0014$6.0004/06/1974 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st ROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT, DOUGLAS WORLD CRUISERS, with Sea-Tac AMF cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 14. NOTE: this is a flown cover carried by Pan American Airways and backstamped.

MOF0015$6.0005/18/1974 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 10 MISSION, (This is the Apollo flight that tested the Lunar Module in outer space in preparation for the 1st Moon landing),with Cape Canaveral FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 15. This cachet is muticolored.

MOF0016$4.5006/23/1974 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st DAWN TO DUSK TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT, with Mineola NY cancel,and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 16.

MOF0017Q$6.0007/20/1974 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 MISSION (MOONLANDING). with Cape Canaveral FL slogan machine cancel that reads "First Lunar Landing/5th Anniversary Jul.20 '74", cover has Apollo 11 First Man on Moon stamp (#C76), and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 17 showing a multicolored Apollo 11 emblem.

MOF0018$5.0008/14/1974 
15th ANNIVERSARY 1st TELEVISED IMAGE OF EARTH FROM A SATELLITE, with Cape Canaveral FL slogan cancel for 1st Lunar Landing, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 18. IMAGE

MOF0019$4.5009/24/1974 
45th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST ALL BLIND (AIR) FLIGHT BY LT. JAMES H. DOOLITTLE, with Mineola NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 19.

MOF0020Q$4.5010/27/1974 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st WOMAN AIRPLANE PASSENGER IN AMERICA, with College Park MD cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 20.

MOF0021$6.0011/29/1974 
45th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st FLIGHT OVER THE SOUTH POLE BY BYRD, with 17038 NY cancel (a branch of the Naval Fleet in Antarctic, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 21. NOTE this is a flown cover and is backstamped.

MOF0022$4.5012/10/1974 
20th ANNIVERSARY OF RECORD BREAKING ROCKET SLED RIDE BY LT. COL. JOHN PAUL STAPP, with Holloman Air Force Base NM cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 22.

MOF0023Q$6.0001/11/1975 
40th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st SOLO FLIGHT HAWAII TO CALIFORNIA BY AMELIA EARHART,with Honolulu HI cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 23.

MOF0024$4.0002/14/1975 
10th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st MICROMETEOROID DETECTION SATELLITE: PEGASUS 1, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel. NOTE: anniversary date of Feb. 16 fell on a Sunday and covers were cancelled on Feb. 14, 1975, and covers received a black circular rubber stamp cachet reading: "10th Anniversary Pegasus 1, Feb. 16, 1975" and the Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 24. IMAGE

MOF0025$4.5003/28/1975 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF WORLDS 1st SEAPLANE FLIGHT OF HENRI FABRE IN GNOME- POWERED FLOAT PLANE, with La Mede/Bouches du Rhone France cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 25. IMAGE

MOF0026$4.5004/01/1975 
15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST WEATHER SATELLITE, "TIROS 1", with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 26. This cachet is in color. IMAGE

MOF0027$4.0005/13/1975 
35th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST HELICOPTER FLIGHT BY IGOR SIKORSKY, with Stratford Conn. cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 27.

MOF0028Q$5.0006/03/1975 
10th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST U.S. MANNED SPACE WALK ON THE GEMINI 4 SPACEFLIGHT, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 28. IMAGE

MOF0029$5.0007/14/1975 
10th ANNIVERSARY OF FLYBY OF THE PLANET MARS BY THE MARINER 4 SPACECRAFT, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 29.

MOF0030$5.0008/12/1975 
15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1st PASSIVE COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE, ECHO I, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number30.

MOF0031Q$4.0009/02/1975 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SOLO FLIGHT BY AN AMERICAN WOMAN, BLANCHE SCOTT, with Hammondsport NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 31.

MOF0032$4.0010/11/1975 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST U.S. PRESIDENT, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, TO FLY IN AN AIRCRAFT, , with U.S. Postal Service MO cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 32.

MOF0033$4.0011/14/1975 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TAKE OFF FROM A SHIP BY EUGENE ELY FROM THE USS BIRMINGHAM, with Hampton VA cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 33.

MOF0035$4.0001/16/1976 
50th ANNIVERSARY CREATION OF THE DANIEL GUGGENHEIM FUND FOR THE PROMOTION OF AERONAUTICS, with New York NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 35.

MOF0036$4.5003/05/1976 
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SPITFIRE FLIGHT, SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, with pictorial hand cancel from Southamption (England) showing a Spitfire aircraft, with text for this 40th anniversary and opening of the R.J. Mitchell Hall, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 36. IMAGE

MOF0038$4.0005/06/1976 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST FLIGHT OF THE WASP ENGINE, MAY 5, 1926 - ANACOSTIA, MARYLAND, with Washington DC machine cancel on 13cent Commercial Aviation stamp, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 38.

MOF0040$5.0006/02/1976 
10th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST SURVEYOR (SPACECRAFT) LANDING ON THE MOON, Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 40.

MOF0041$4.0007/01/1976 
DEDICATION AND OPENING OF THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM, with Washington DC hand cancel on 3 cent Smithsonian Institution stamp and 10 cent Flag stamp, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 41. Cachet is in 2 colors.

MOF0042Q$4.0008/01/1976 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st FIRST U.S. WOMAN TO OBTAIN FAI CERTIFICATE, HARRIET QUIMBY, with Mineola NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 42. (FAI is Federation Aeronautique Internationale).

MOF0043$4.0009/17/1976 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT, BY CAL RODGERS IN THE "VIN FIZZ", with Brooklyn NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 43.

MOF0044$4.0010/01/1976 
30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECORD NON-STOP LONG DISTANT FLIGHT BY THE "TRUCULENT TURTLE" AIRCRAFT, with Columbus OH cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 44.

MOF0045$5.0011/13/1976 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORBIT OF THE PLANET MARS BY THE MARINER 9 SPACECRAFT, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 45. IMAGE

MOF0046$4.0012/21/1976 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF PAN AMERICAN GOODWILL FLIGHT, WHICH BEGAN IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS, with San Antonio TX cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 46.

MOF0050$4.5005/02/1977 
25th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st JET PASSENGER SERVICE, ON A DE HAVILLAND COMET AIRCRAFT, with a London (England) hand cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 50. IMAGE

MOF0051$6.0005/20/1977 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST SOLO NONSTOP FLIGHT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, BY CHARLES A. LINDBERGH IN THE "SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS", (This is a FIRST DAY COVER of the Spirit of St. Louis aircraft/50th anniversary Flight stamp),with Roosevelt Field Sta. NY "first day of issue" machine cancel on 13 cent stamp, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 51.

MOF0052$4.0006/28/1977 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st NONSTOP FLIGHT FROM THE U.S. MAINLAND TO HAWAII BY LTS. ALBERT F. HEGENBERGER AND LESTER J. MAITLAND, with Oakland CA cancel,and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 52.

MOF0053Q$20.0007/01/1977 
FLOWN COVER: 30th ANNIVERSARY OF COMMEMORATIVE FLIGHT OF THE POWDER PUFF DERBY (The All-women Transcontinental Air Race), with Palm Spring CA machine cancel, and with a 07/04/77 backstamp hand cancel from Tampa FL, for the landing. With a Milestone of Flight black printed cachet number 53 showing a Powder Puff Derby Trophy with airplanes flying over it, and printed text: This cover was flown on the 30th anniversary commemorative flight of the Powder Puff Derby. (This derby is endorsed by the International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots, better known as the Ninety-Nines).

MOF0054$4.0008/01/1977 
70th ANNIVERSARY, ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AERONAUTICAL DIVISION OF THE SIGNAL CORPS, with Washington DC cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 54.

MOF0055$4.5009/24/1977 
125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST FLIGHT BY A NAVIGABLE AIRSHIP "GIFFARD AIRSHIP" , with Paris France cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 55. IMAGE

MOF0056$5.0010/04/1977 
20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST MANMADE SATELLITE TO ORBIT EARTH, BY "SPUTNIK 1" , with a Moscow USSR cancel on a Sputnik 1 USSR stamp, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 56. IMAGE

MOF0057$4.0011/12/1977 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st SUCCESSFUL CATAPULT LAUNCH OF AN AIRCRAFT, with Washington DC cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 57.

MOF0058$5.0012/07/1977 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF THE LAST MANNED APOLLO LUNAR LANDING FLIGHT, APOLLO 17, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 58. This cachet is multicolored.

MOF0060$4.0003/12/1978 
70th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st FLIGHT OF THE CURTISS RED WING (AIRCRAFT), with Baddeck Nova Scotia Canada cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 60.

MOF0061$4.5004/01/1978 
60th ANNIVERSARY, ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, with a special pictorial hand cancel from the British Forces Postal Service for this event, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 61. This cachet is multicolored.

MOF0062$4.0005/15/1978 
60th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st AIRMAIL SERVICE BY ARMY PILOTS FOR THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT, Washington DC cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 62.

MOF0065$4.0007/10/1978 
40th ANNIVERSARY OF HOWARD HUGHES AND CREW AROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT , with Brooklyn NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 65.

MOF0069$4.0012/17/1978 
75th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT BY THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AT KITTY HAWK NORTH CAROLINA, with a special pictorial hand cancel of the Wright Brothers and their aircraft from Kitty Hawk NC, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 69.

MOF0071$4.0001/01/1979 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF RECORD SETTING AERIAL REFUELING FLIGHT "QUESTION MARK", with Los Angeles CA cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 71. (The five crew members of the "Question Mark" were Maj. Carl Spaatz; Capt. Ira C. Eaker; Lt. Harry Halverson; Lt. Elwood Quesada and S/Sgt. Roy Hooe).

MOF0072$4.0003/02/1979 
30th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st NONSTOP AROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT WITH THE BOEING B- 50 "LUCKY LADY II", FEB. 26 - MAR. 2, 1949, with Fort Worth TX cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 72.

MOF0074$4.0006/14/1979 
60th ANNIVERSARY OF 1st NONSTOP TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT (OF JOHN ALCOCK AND ARTHUR BROWN), with St. John's Newfoundland Canada cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 74.

MOF0076$4.5007/25/1979 
70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1st CROSSING OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL BY AN AIRPLANE, BLERIOT XI PILOTED BY LOUIS BLERIOT, with Calais France hand cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 76.

MOF0077$5.0007/28/1979 
15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF RANGER VII (SPACECRAFT TO THE MOON), with Kennedy Space Center hand cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 77.

MOF0078$4.0008/02/1979 
70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PURCHASE OF THE FIRST MILITARY AIRCRAFT, A WRIGHT 1909 MILITARY FLYER, with Arlington VA, Fort Myers Sta. hand cancel on 31 cent Wright Brothers stamp, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 78.

MOF0079$4.0008/08/1979 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST AROUND THE WORLD AIRSHIP FLIGHT BY GRAF ZEPPELIN (AIRSHIP), with Lakehurst Naval Air Station NJ cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 79.

MOF0080$4.0008/11/1979 
1st ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC BALLOON CROSSING BY THE "DOUBLE EAGLE II", with Presque Isle ME cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 80.

MOF0081Q$4.0011/02/1979 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NINETY NINES INC., THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN PILOTS, with Valley Stream NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 81.

MOF0082$5.0011/14/1979 
10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCH OF APOLLO 12, FIRST PRECISION LUNAR LANDING, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 82. This cachet is multicolored.

MOF0083$4.5001/07/1980 
195th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST CROSSING OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL BY AIR, WITH FRENCH BALLOONIST JEAN-PIERRE BLANCHARD AND AMERICAN PHYSICIAN JOHN JEFFRIES, with Dover (England) cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 83.

MOF0084$4.0003/03/1980 
65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR AERONAUTICS, with a Washington DC cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 84. This is a two color cachet.

MOF0086$4.0004/04/1980 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE AMERICAN INTERPLANETARY SOCIETY, with New York NY cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 86.

MOF0087Q$4.5005/05/1980 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST SOLO FLIGHT BRITAIN TO AUSTRALIA BY A WOMAN, AMY JOHNSON, with special pictorial cancel from Croydon (England) for this 50th anniversary flight by Amy Johnson, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 87. IMAGE

MOF0088$4.0006/06/1980 
45th ANNIVERSARY OF REFUELING ENDURANCE RECORD, "OLE MISS" BY PILOTS FRED AND AL EY, with Meridian MS cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 88.

MOF0091$5.0008/18/1980 
20th ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY OF A SPACE OBJECT, DISCOVERER 14, IN THE AIR, with Honolulu HI cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 91. This cachet is multicolored.

MOF0092$5.0008/20/1980 
5th ANNIVERSARY OF THE (LAUNCH) OF VIKING 1 SPACECRAFT (TO THE PLANET MARS) , this was the flight were this spacecraft landed on Mars and studied the Martian soil. with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel on a Viking/mission to Mars stamp, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 92. This cachet is multicolored.

MOF0093$4.5009/01/1980 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST NONSTOP PARIS TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, with Paris France cancel on 2.50fr stamp (#C-52) commemorating this event , and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 93.

MOF0094$4.0011/01/1980 
60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1st U.S. INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICE, AEROMARINE WEST INDIES AIRWAYS, with Key West FL cancel and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 94.

MOF0096$4.5005/27/1981 
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1st SUCCESSFUL STRATOSPHERIC BALLOON EXPEDITION IN A PRESSURIZED GONDOLA, with Augsburg Germany cancel and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 96.

MOF0097$4.5005/29/1981 
30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1st NONSTOP SOLO FLIGHT ACROSS THE NORTH POLE, BY CHARLES BLAIR IN THE EXCALIBUR III, with Bardufoss (Norway) cancel and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 97. IMAGE

MOF0098$5.0008/10/1981 
15th ANNIVERSARY OF THE (LAUNCH) OF LUNAR ORBITER 1 SPACECRAFT (TO THE MOON) , this was the first in a series of 5 unmanned missions to the moon to photograph its surface in preparation for mans landing there, with Kennedy Space Center FL cancel, and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 98.

MOF0099$4.5009/13/1981 
75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1st OFFICIALLY RECORDED AIRPLANE FLIGHT IN EUROPE, with Paris France cancel and Milestone of Flight printed cachet number 99.

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