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USPS stamps honor Air Force One and Marine One

Here are two stamps with the U.S. flag on them that are new this year. I’m sure nothing else in the sky would ever get close enough to see the U.S. flags on either of these aircraft, but it’s good to know that Old Glory is flying so high.

Air Force One

Air Force One

Air Force One
Often referred to as the “Flying Oval Office,” Air Force One is a prominent symbol of the presidency. Probably the most famous jetliner in the world, Air Force One looks like a commercial jumbo jet except for its distinctive exterior: red, white and blue paint and the words “United States of America” on the fuselage. Inside, however, it is clear that this is no ordinary plane. Not only are there separate quarters for the president and first lady, but there are two galleys where food is prepared, a conference/dining room, office space for senior staff members, and work and rest areas for the presidential staff, Air Force crews and media representatives traveling with the president. Noted aviation artist William S. Phillips created the image of Air Force One for the 2007 Priority Mail stamp. Phillips was the stamp artist for the 2005 American Advances in Aviation souvenir sheet.

Marine One

Marine One

Marine One
Often seen on the White House lawn, Marine One also travels with the president wherever he goes. It is always met on the ground by at least one Marine in full dress uniform. Marine Helicopter Squadron One, HMX-1, was established in 1947 as an experimental unit to test and evaluate helicopters. Today this squadron and its fleet of 19 helicopters provide all helicopter transport for the president, vice president, and members of the Cabinet. More than 800 Marines supervise the operation of the fleet, which is based in Quantico, Virginia. Noted aviation artist William S. Phillips created the image of Marine One for the 2007 Express Mail stamp. Phillips was the stamp artist for the 2005 American Advances in Aviation souvenir sheet.

USMC War Memorial

USMC War Memorial

The Marine One stamp has a second flag image on it. In the background is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C. More commonly called the Iwo Jima Memorial, it depicts one of the most historic battles of World War II, the battle of Iwo Jima. The memorial is dedicated to all marines who have given their lives in battle.

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