OV1-14

(Selected)
Orbiting Vehicle (OV) series
satellites

OV3
OV1-14OV3

This page contains (selected) philatelic information on Orbiting Vehicle (OV) series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Orbiting Vehicle (OV)
(USAF)
Orbiting Vehicle (OV) (USAF) Orbiting Vehicle (OV)
(USAF)
OV (on other than OV launch covers)


Below is a list of Orbiting Vehicle (OV) series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Orbiting Vehicle (OV) (USAF)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


Below is a list of (Selected) Orbiting Vehicle (OV) series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
(Selected) Orbiting Vehicle (OV) (USAF)
1965-01-21: OV1-1 [failed]
United States1965-01-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-1 launch
1965-10-05: OV1-2
United States1965-10-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV1-2 launch
United States1965-10-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet/silkscreened) cachet on coverOV1-2 launch
United States1965-10-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-2 launch
United States1965-10-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV1-2 launch
United States1965-10-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-2 launch
1965-10-15: OV2-1 (and LCS-2) [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)OV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)OV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)OV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson blue rubber-stamp and red handwritten) cachets on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Exquisite) cachet on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Rank velvet/silkscreened) cachet on coverOV2-1 launch [failed]
1965-12-21: OV2-3 (and OSCAR-4 and LES-3/4)
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers, no logo) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Exquisite) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert and backOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(NASA sticker) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
United States1965-12-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV2-3 launch
1966-03-29: OV1-4/51
United States1966-03-29Kennedy Space Center FL(blank/no) cachet on coverOV1-4/5 launch
United States1966-03-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV1-4/5 launch
United States1966-03-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverOV1-4/5 launch
United States1966-03-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-4/5 launch
1966-04-22: OV3-1
United States1966-04-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV3-1 launch
United States1966-04-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV3-1 launch
1966-06-10: OV3-4
United States1966-06-10Wallops Island VA(Green printed) cachet on coverOV3-4 launch
United States1966-06-10Wallops Island VA(Blue printed) cachet on coverOV3-4 launch
United States1966-06-10Wallops Island VA(Swanson cyan and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverOV3-4 launch
United States1966-06-10Wallops Island VA(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV3-4 launch
United States1966-06-10Wallops Island VA(Centennial) cachet on coverOV3-4 launch
1966-07-14: OV1-7/8
United States1966-07-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV1-7/8 launch
1966-08-04: OV3-3
United States1966-08-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV3-3 launch
1966-11-03: OV4-3, OV4-1R, OV4-1T, and OV1-6
United States1966-11-03Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV4-3, OV4-1R, OV4-1T, and OV1-6 launch
United States1966-11-03Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV4-3, OV4-1R, OV4-1T, and OV1-6 launch
United States1966-11-03Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverOV4-3, OV4-1R, OV4-1T, and OV1-6 launch
United States1966-11-03Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverOV4-3, OV4-1R, OV4-1T, and OV1-6 launch
1966-12-11: OV1-9/10
United States1966-12-11Vandenberg AFB,CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV1-9/10 launch
1967-01-21: OV3-5
United States1967-01-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV3-5 launch
United States1967-01-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV3-5 launch
1967-04-28: OV5-1/3 (and US-ERS-18 and Vela-7/8)
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers green, no logo) cachet on coverOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers brown, no logo) cachet on coverOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2 and insert2 backOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2 and insert2 backOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverOV5-1/3 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverOV5-1/3 launch
1968-04-06: OV1-13/14
United States1968-04-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-13/14 launch
United States1968-04-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverOV1-13/14 launch
United States1968-04-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-13/14 launch
1968-07-11: OV1-15/16 (and Cannonball-1)
United States1968-07-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-15/16 launch
United States1968-07-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-15/16 launch
1968-08-16: OV5-8 (and LCS-3 and SECOR-11/12 and Orbiscal-1 and Mylar Balloon and Rigidsphere and Gridsphere-1/2 and 3 others) [failed]
United States1968-08-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet on coverOV5-8 launch [failed]
1968-09-26: OV2-5 and OV5-2/4 (and LES-6)
United States1968-09-26Patrick AFB, FL (hand cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1, also insert2 and insert2 backOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Patrick AFB, FL (machine cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1, also insert2 and insert2 backOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1, also insert2 and insert2 backOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26 (machine cancel)Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26 (hand cancel)Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch (not "Atlantic-3" / Intelsat-3-1 [failed], as in cachet)
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(HJM black and red typed) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney red and black) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
United States1968-09-26Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney red and black) cachet on coverOV2-5 and OV5-2/4 launch
1969-03-17: OV1-17/17A/18/19
United States1969-03-17Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-17/17A/18/19 launch
1969-05-23: OV5-5/6/9 (and Vela-9/10)
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Kennedy Space Center FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Sokolsky red-brown) cachet on coverOV5-5/6/9 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverOV5-5/6/9 launch
1971-08-06: OV1-20P/21P (and LCS-4 and Cannonball-2 and RDTS and Mylar Balloon and Rigidsphere and Gridsphere-1/2)
United States1971-08-06Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverOV1-20P/21P launch
United States1971-08-06Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-20P/21P launch
United States1971-08-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOV1-20P/21P launch
OV (on other than OV launch covers)
United States1968-09-19Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on Intelsat-3-1 launch [failed] cover"four military research spacecraft" (including OV2-5 and OV5-2/4)

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