WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a second Forever stamp this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. airmail service.
United States Air Mail Red commemorates the centennial of an Aug. 12, 1918, flight from College Park Airfield in Maryland to New York City that became the first step in establishing transcontinental air routes. The first stamp, United States Air Mail Blue, paid tribute to the pioneering spirit of Army pilots who initiated service in May of the same year.
The two stamps are identical except in color. Both stamps are printed in intaglio, where the design is engraved into metal plate and then transferred to the stamp paper, and feature a drawing of a plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The stamp designer and typographer was Dan Gretta; Greg Breeding was the art director.