Vatican Flights: First, Specials, Zeppelins and Others

What are Vatican Flights?

At the opening of the Vatican City Post Office on August 1, 1929 the first air mail letter were accepted.  Very few covers were carried on First and Special flights in the early days.  The full franking was done with Vatican City stamps.  The Italian Postal Administration, however, either carried on its own planes, or had to compensate foreign postal administrations for the air mail in-transit and therefore claimed from the Vatican Postal Administration, payment for the air mail flight.  In order to facilitate the accounting, the air mail fee was paid in Italian Air Mail stamps.

Later, when an agreement was established for air mail transportation originating in Vatican City with Italian and foreign postal authorities, full franking with only Vatican City stamps was permitted.  The Vatican issued the first airmail stamps on June 22, 1939. From the Aero Philatelist Annals Vol. XVIII No 2, October 1970

A few of these flights are listed below.

 

Date

Description

Price

 

August 2, 1929

First Flight to Genoa since Post Office Opening

full franking in Vatican stamps

(Sassone #157) 162 flown

$100  
September 9, 1929

Special Flight to Genoa

full franking in Vatican stamps

 79 flown

$100  
December 10, 1929

First Flight to Tunis

mixed franking in Vatican and Italian stamps

(Sassone #164b) 55 flown

$100  
January 17, 1930

First Flight to Castelrosso

mixed franking in Vatican and Italian stamps with special triangle cachet

(Sassone #173h) 98 flown

$200  
12 March 1930

FDC Italian Airmail C11 Roma - Genova / Torino

mixed franking in Vatican and Italian stamps

Sassone #187a

$85  
March 31, 1931

First Flight: Berlin to Rome

full franking in German stamps

$70  
April 1, 1931

First Flight to Berlin

mixed franking in Vatican and Italian stamps

(Sassone #235d) 48 flown

$200  
June 11, 1931

First Flight to Valletta, Malta

mixed franking in Vatican, Italian and Malta stamps

56 flown

$175  
June 12, 1931

San Marino C2 FDC Flight to Vatican

mixed franking in Vatican and San Marino stamps

 

$75  
March 8, 1932

First dispatch Tripoli- Vatican

Mixed franking with Libya and Vatican City (#J3)

$65  
May 2, 1932

First Flight to Leningrad

Mixed  franking in Vatican and Italian stamps

 (Sassone #289m) 10 flown

$400  
June 5, 1932

Special Flight: 50th Anniversary of death of Garibaldi Vatican to Sardinia

Mixed  franking in Vatican and Italian stamps

 (Sassone #297a) 25 flown

$100  
June 5, 1932

Special Flight: 50th Anniversary of death of Garibaldi Sardinia to Vatican

Full franking in Italian stamps

 (Sassone #298a)

$100  
May 31, 1933

Special Flight: Vatican to Berlin

Full  franking in Vatican stamps 

48 flown

$75  
July 22, 1935

First Flight to Asmara, Eritrea

Mixed  franking in Vatican and Italian stamp

 (Sassone #383a) 39 flown

$150  
April 6, 1937

First Alitalia Flight to Paris, France

Full  franking in Vatican stamps

Flight of the Rome - Milan - Paris with special postmark

 (Sassone #453a) 44 flown

$100  
April 6, 1937

First Alitalia Flight to Brussels Belgium

Full  franking in Vatican stamps

Flight of the Rome - Milan - Paris with special postmark, then to Brussels

 6 flown

$200  
July 23, 1937

First Overnight Flight  to Nice, France

Full  franking in Vatican stamps

19 Flown

$150  
March 19, 1940

First  Swissair Flight to Locarno, Switzerland

Full franking in Vatican stamps

 (Sassone #525a) 19 flown

$400  
May 1, 1940

First  Flight to Lisbon, Portugal

Full franking in Vatican stamps, 4 issues

 25 flown

$100  
April 5 - 6, 1946

First Transatlantic Roundtrip  Flight Rome to New York to Rome

double card

 75 flown

$15  

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