Friday, October 23, 2009

missile mail fizzles

In a 1959 communication transportation experiment, the US Postal Service shot a missile full of mail from a US Navy sub. Not high enough, of course, to burn up upon reentry. They were swift enough to place the mail first in this red, white and blue container:

And then it was placed alongside another inside a Cold War Regulus I missile and aimed for the Florida coast, landing safely 22 minutes later. The flight created quite a bit of excitement, at least from the Postmaster General, who planned to incorporate a plan for future use of cross-country mail flights.
Mysteriously, this was the only flight. Well, maybe not mysterious. Just stupid. Like Balloon Boy. Sounds like an episode of In Search Of when the ballgame is rained out.

I suppose I could build a rocket and try to send Marie a card, or even a pack of gum. I think she would be impressed, heh?

photo: courtesy National Postal Museum


Blogger Postcardy said...

Crazy. What were they thinking?! Carrier pigeons would probably be safer.

10/24/2009 9:08 AM  
Blogger Marie Reed said...

What a spectacular piece of postal history! You would have to send Bazooka gum using that method!

10/24/2009 9:10 AM  
Blogger MrCachet said...

LOL. Well, that's Rocket Science for ya. I think if you're sending Marie any gum it should be ORBIT!

10/25/2009 9:10 AM  
Blogger Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

As I was reading this I figured it must be an April Fools' joke - but I see you have a source for your story!
There's nothing like good old Yankee inventiveness!
Evelyn in Montreal

11/07/2009 2:49 PM  

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