Exhibition Flights post card
Wilmington, North Carolina, officials had planned a series of exhibition flights for New Year's Day, 1912. Flights were to take place at Highwood Park, and carrying official US mail was to be part of the demonstration. Unfortunately, very bad weather occurred on this day, grounding the planned flights. Instead, Lincoln Beachey (1887-1915) flew about 1,600 pieces of official US mail a distance of three miles on January 2.
This card is one of fewer than ten surviving items. Although all mail was flown on January 2, it bears a January 1 postmark.