Thursday, June 08, 2006

Missile mail

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the United States' first and only delivery of "Missile Mail."

According to the Bay City Times, "The experiment was conducted June 8, 1959, with 3,000 pieces of mail, all with 4-cent domestic stamps and 8-cent international stamps. All were postmarked from the submarine, the USS Barbero, at 9:30 a.m."

"The ship launched the missile, armed with canisters of mail, with the target being the Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Mayport, Fla. It took 22 minutes for the missile to reach its apex and then descend to the ground by parachute. "

"Once on the ground at Mayport, the canisters were opened and the mail sent to Jacksonville, Fla."

To read the entire article, click here.

For more on rocket mail, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM