World’s First Airmail Flight In India, 1911, 2 Postcards
There are two postcards of the World’s First Airmail Flight in India in 1911. The world’s first official airmail flight was created on a two-seater biplane flight from Allahabad to Naini in 1911. It carried a sack of 6000 cards and letters. One of the postcards is from 1910, with an inset photo of the pilot Henri Pequet, on the biplane, see image.
He is shown flying in Paris with the same biplane before it created history in the Allahabad (now Prayagraj) to Naini flight in 1911. The second is an anniversary postcard from 2011, 100 years after the biplane’s historic airmail flight. Two years later in 1913, apparently this same biplane piloted by Henri Pequet carried the British commander-in-chief. Some distance away from Allahabad is Agra where the Taj Mahal is located, and a little closer to Allahabad is Banaras. All these places came under the British India United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know – the event also marked the first-ever flight in India and was held during the Maha Kumbh in 1911