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Atmospheric
Research
Aircraft


Below is a checklist of Atmospheric research aircraft on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items 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.

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Atmospheric research aircraft
Bahamas735 (Mi763)1991hurricane awareness: "weather reconniassance Lockheed WP-3D Orion"
Bahamas732-735 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC
Bahamas732-735 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (and signature)
Bahamas732-735 fdc3One of four stamps on FDC (and signature, different)
Bahamas732-735 fdc4One of four stamps on FDC (and signature, different)
Bahamas732-735 fdc5One of four stamps on FDC (and signature, different)
Bahamas1306 (Mi1394)2010"hurricane awareness": hurricane depiction and research aircraft
Bahamas1304-1307 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Barbados558 (Mi542)1981hurricane season: "hurricane hunter McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee"
Barbados555-558 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC, also insert and insert insert back
Barbados684 (Mi657)Stamp-on-stamp: 5581986hurricane season: "hurricane hunter McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee"
British Antarctic Territory179 (Mi180)1991"chemical studies in the ozone layer"), by aircraft
British Antarctic Territory176-179 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC, also insert and insert back
Cayman Islands631 (Mi645)1991hurricane awareness: "Lockheed WP-3D Orion monitors hurricane eye"
Cayman Islands628-631 fdcOne of four stamps and (pictorial) cancel and (?) cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)3069 (Mi2197)2000Cloud seeding aircraft for rain enhancement project
China (People's Republic)3066-3069 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC, also back
China (People's Republic)3066-3069 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
Dubai121 (Mi365)1970Research aircraft (unknown type)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC92 (Mi218)1986Research aircraft (unknown type); instrument package descending by parachute was possibly released from the aircraft.
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC92 fdc1Stamp on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC92 fdc2Stamp and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC92 cover (Mi218 cover)Stamp and (blue printed) cachet on cover1986Research aircraft (unknown type); instrument package descending by parachute was possibly released from the aircraft.
Great BritainNone(Pictorial) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on cover199755th anniv. Meteor. Research Flight group, Boscombe Down, England; various aircraft used by the Group
Grenada2140 (Mi2498)1992"Endosat, proposed robot plane for atmospheric climate research"
Grenada2140+2147 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Qatar351 (Mi565)1973Research aircraft (unknown type)
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp and (pictorial) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on postal card1984Research aircraft (unknown type)
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp and (pictorial) cancel (different) and (multi-color printed) cachet on postal card1984Research aircraft (same as above, in stamp and cachet), different research aircraft (in cancel)
Thailand1671 (Mi1714?)One of MS5 (1673a (1669-1673 + label))1996Royal rainmaking project: airplane seeding clouds
Thailand1669-1673 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC, also detail on back
United StatesUX57 fdcPostal card FDC1970hurricane hunters: the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron


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