Postal History Gallery of Related Events
The U.S. Navy and Ice Breakers
Nanook measured cosmic radiation in the eastern arctic in 1953
using two ice breakers. Mail was handled through standard fleet
post office procedures.
Scandinavian Air Service Special
Flight - Oslo to Japan
Air Service initiated a pioneer route over the pole following
the Great Circle Route.
A need to
provide special medical staff for the Ambulance Corp in Korea
was resolved by a charter plane obtained by the Norwegian Red
Cross. Regular passengers were not carried.
mail was postmarked May 23rd and the plane followed the polar
route making fuel stops at Thule, Greenland and Shemya Island
in Alaska. The plane arrived in Tokyo on May 25th. The two day
flight proved that the polar route was feasible for commercial
arrangements were made to carry some of the covers on a continuing
flight through India, to Copenhagen and Oslo. These covers were
franked by an additional 55 Ore in Norwegian stamps. The cachet
was also extended to show the full flight pattern.
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covers from the first leg were returned to Copenhagen by pouch.
pieces courtesy of George Hall)