Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Photograph taken circa January 1950 of the Air Force Association Wright Brothers 46th Anniversary Air Mail Envelope [NASM 9A13800], carried by Colonel Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr. on the record-setting AFA Around the World Flight, December 2-7, 1949, made using commercial airlines as a round trip from Washington, D.C., in 4 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes. The envelope was first sent from the president of the AFA in Washington, D.C., to the president of the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Following the world flight, the envelope was presented at a luncheon in Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1949, to the Curator, National Air Museum, and flown the same day back to Washington, D.C., for delivery to the Smithsonian Institution.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics, Commercial
  • Aeronautics--records
  • Envelopes (Stationery)
  • Postage stamps
  • Postmarks
  • Covers (Philately)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

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Smithsonian Institution



Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


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