World’s first official airmail flight took place in India


When the first official mail was flown by an airplane in the world, it took off from Allahabad in India. Yes, you read it right. On February 18, 1911, a French pilot Henri Pequet carried a sack of around 6000 cards and letters on his Humber plane to Naini. Such was the excitement around the landmark event that the letters bore an official frank ‘First Aerial Post, UP Exhibition, Allahabad 1911.’ The plane that took off from a polo field in Allahabad and flew over the Yamuna, landed in Naini in a matter of thirteen minutes. This event marked the first-ever flight in India and was held during the Maha Kumbh in 1911.

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