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stevedd841
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From: millersville, maryland, usa
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posted 01-10-2010 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 39 (January 11, 2010)

Space Cover #39: V-2 Test Flight, Made in the USA

The Space Cover of the Week this week was flown on V-2 rocket number 23 at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, April 8, 1947, recovered from the desert test area and then mailed via registered mail to a space cover collector in Glendale, Long Island, New York. The von Braun and U.S. Army team assembled V-2 rocket achieved a true space altitude of 64 miles apogee and traveled a distance of 19 miles before crashing back into the desert at White Sands at the termination of the test. The disparity in the cancellation date on the back of the registered mail cover and the Army's launch date is due to difficulty in locating the rocket after the test. While the cover's condition is not pristine, it is a very rare V-2 rocket flown cover from the beginning of the U. S. space program. The magenta White Sands Proving Ground, Las Cruces, New Mexico, corner card is also unusual for an early rocket test cover, and commands our attention to stop and take a closer look at the cover.

A previous space cover collector has splayed the cover to show both the registered mail cancels on the front of the cover as well as the double ring Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Brooklyn, New York, cancels showing where the flown cover was mailed after the rocket test and recovery to its end recipient. In addition to U.S. airmail postage, the cover also has the two singles of the 1947 Las Cruces, V-2, New Mexico overprints in both red and blue, Ellington-Zwisler #14A1a and #14A2a, postally marked and tied to the cover with a light green boxed V-2 postal marking as was used for this.

Many space cover collectors shun these large number 10 sized covers as being too large and difficult to mount for an exhibit. A large cover is often a challenge to one's arrangement in a competitively evaluated exhibit. But, for a cover flown on a V-2 rocket by the von Braun rocket team and U.S. Army in 1947, possibly an exception could be made to somehow fit it in.

Joel Katzowitz
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From: Marietta GA USA
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posted 01-10-2010 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although I'm not a huge cover collector, I found your post to be quite coincidental to how I spent my morning.

I'm currently working on a project that involves an artifact removed from a V-2 rocket that was flown at White Sands in 1946. The artifact is a lawfully obtained section of metal from one of the tail fins.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, great cover, thanks for sharing!

-Joel

stevedd841
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From: millersville, maryland, usa
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 01-10-2010 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joel, Sounds like a great pursuit to be looking for historical artifacts in the desert! A tail fin from a V-2 rocket would be quite a find, usually, I'm really ecstatic just to find a cover! Am new to collectspace.com, but enjoy writing with the Space Cover of the Week guys to bring interesting space topics to people looking at the site. Your positive comments are a real plus to my doing this and are very much appreciated! Many thanks, Steve

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