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first flight covers

carried and signed by Saint-Ex
on first official
Comodoro Rivadavia - Trelew airmail flight

1929

October 30, 1929 first flight cover, carried and signed by Saint-Ex on first official Comodoro Rivadavia - Trelew airmail flight. Addressed to P(aul) Vachet, operations manager of the Argentine company before Saint-Ex.

"Early in Septermber 1929, on landing in Toulouse with the Spanish mail, Saint-Exupéry learned that he was to be transferred to South America, possibly for as long as two years. ... Two days after his arrival [on October 12] in Buenos Aires he traveled 400 miles south to Bahía Blanca, the first stop on a proposed Patagonian line, as the passenger of Paul Vachet, then operations manager of the Argentine company. ... On October 17 the two men returned to Buenos Aires with the second Comodoro Rivadavia mail, delivering it to the capital in twelve hours instead of the four to five days it had previously taken by boat. ... on the twenty-fifth, [Saint-Exupéry] was told he would be replacing Vachet as operations manager. ... A banquet for the changing of the guard was held for the Aéropostale personnel in Buenos Aires on October 29, 1929... Probably the next morning, he set off again for Comodoro Rivadavia. ...
At the end of October, when Saint-Exupéry returned in his new capacity to Comodoro Rivadavia, he carried an Argentine pilot named Rufino Luro Cambaceres along with him in his Latécoère 25. ... On the thirty-first he returned alone to Pacheco, the aerodrome thirty miles outside of Buenos Aires that was rented to the Aéropostale operation and where he now laid claim to an office. [Carrying this cover from Comodoro Rivadavia, presumably.] The next day Mermoz, in a newly arrived Latécoère 28, officially inaugurated mail service to Comodoro Rivadavia."

Stacy Schiff: "Antoine de Saint-Exupéry", Chapter IX: 1929-1931


Oct. 30, 1929 from Comodoro Rivadavia to Bahia Blanca (backstamped Oct. 31, Bahia Blanca)


Nov. 1, 1929 from Bahia Blanca to Comodoro Rivadavia (backstamped Nov. 1, Comodoro Rivadavia)


Nov. 1, 1929 from Bahia Blanca to Comodoro Rivadavia (backstamped Nov. 1, Comodoro Rivadavia)

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