Henri Pequet

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Henri Pequet (1 February 1888 13 March 1974) was a pilot in the first official airmail flight on February 18, 1911. [1] [2] [3] The 23-year-old Frenchman, in India for an airshow, delivered about 6,500 letters when he flew from an Allahabad polo field to Naini, about 10 kilometers away. He flew a Humber-Sommer biplane with about fifty horsepower (37 kW), and made the journey in thirteen minutes. [4]

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The letters were marked "First Aerial Post, U.P. Exhibition Allahabad 1911." [5] [6]

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  1. S. B. Bhattacherje. Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates. p. A-175.
  2. http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2011/01/india-and-the-worlds-first-official-air-mail-by-airplane.html
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  4. History of Air Cargo and Airmail from the 18th Century by Camille Allaz, page 26.
  5. http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2011/01/india-and-the-worlds-first-official-air-mail-by-airplane.html
  6. S. B. Bhattacherje. = Google Books Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates Check |url= value (help). p. A-175.

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