Postal History Gallery of Related Events
First Commercial SAS Polar
Flight From Los Angeles to Europe
1954 SAS flight over the pole proved the route from Copenhagen
to Los Angeles was feasible. On November 14, 1954, a DC6 aircraft,
named ROYAL VIKING,
left Los Angeles on the first leg of the new commercial service.
sister aircraft left Norway at 8 P.M. on the 15th, and the
planes passed each other in the dark, but about 100 miles
stops, required for each plane, were at Winnepeg, Canada and
Sondre Stromford, Greenland.
and From Europe to Los Angeles
for the first commercial flight from Europe to Los Angles in 1954
originated in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden in addition to
Copenhagen. The Swedish covers carried a separate cancellation
showing the origin of the flight as being in Stockholm.
Postal Service From the Russian
North Pole 5 . . .
established in April, 1955 and received infrequent visits
by aircraft during the first year. Planes carried mail to
and from the station when the weather permitted and surface
ice conditions were acceptable for landing. Mail was delivered
to Moscow where it apparently was screened before releasing
it to the addressee.
envelopes were provided without postage and all mail was delivered
with postage due of one ruble. This letter was sent to the
wife of Zalman Gudkovich in Leningrad.
Ice Island T3 Abandoned
Ice Island T3 floated close to the Canadian weather station
at Alert, Canada, its primary function of weather observations
were being duplicated and the station was abandoned in April
1954. The station was left intact for possible future use.
A special mission in 1955 investigated it for possible reoccupation.
courtesy of George Hall)