United States Postal Services 2006 Issue
Designed by Phil Jordan


United States Postal Service has issued two new stamps that have postage values of $4.05 (Priority Mail) and $14.40 (Express Mail) named "X Planes" on the 8th of February 2006. The stamps depict the X-15 rocket plane and commemorate the USA experimental X-Planes. Each of the stamp images were generated from NASA studies. The different colors show various scales of pressure and temperatures. Each of the stamps also incorporate microprinting, an anit-counterfeiters security measure. Both stamps have microprints "X-Plane" and "USPS" inscribed into their designs. Each stamp commemorates a different X-Plane and is described as follows:

  • X-15 ($4.05) - the fastest and highest-flying X-Plane. By 1967 it had flown at speeds exceeding 4,500 miles per hour and reached an attitude of more than 60 miles. Any pilot who flew the plane higher the 50 miles was awarded astronaut wings.
  • X-1 ($14.40) - was the first rocket-powered fighter plane to travel faster than the speed of sound. On October 14, 1947 Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager broke Mach 1.0 with the X-1.
"X-Planes" stamps can be purchase as a single, Pane of 20, Block of 10, Block of 4, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 1.56" x 1.225". They will be printed by Banknote Corporation of America, NC using the Offset Printing process with self-adhesive paper. A quantity of 100 million $4.05 and 25 million $14.40 will be printed.

To order these stamps or to learn more go to http://www.usps.com/ Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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