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X-Plane (Express Mail) Stamps

X-Plane (Express Mail) Stamps.

The Postal ServiceTM will issue a $14.40 X-Plane (Express Mail®) stamp, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 112300), on March 17, 2006, in New York, New York. The stamp, designed by Phil Jordan, Falls Church, Virginia, goes on sale nationwide March 17, 2006.

Phil Jordan selected a computer-generated image of the X-15 plane from NASA studies. The stamp shows the colors against a meshed grid to illustrate how air is forced around and behind the plane. The design includes a ghosted "X" on the left side of the stamp and text under the image reading, "Computer-generated aerodynamic study of an X-Plane."

How to Order First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post OfficeTM, by telephone at 800-STAMP-24, and at the Postal Store Web site at They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

NEW YORK NY 10199-9998

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 16, 2006.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are no philatelic products available for this stamp issue.

Distribution: Item 112300, $14.40 X-Plane, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approximately one-eighth of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 112300 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before March 10, 2006.

Issue: X-Plane (Express Mail)
Item Number: 112300
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

$14.40 Definitive
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Express Mail
Issue Date & City: March 17, 2006,
New York, NY 10199
Mega Stamp Show
Designer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Art Director: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Typographer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Engraver: N/A
Modeler: Donald Woo
Manufacturing Process: Offset/Microprint "USPS" and
Printer: Banknote Corporation of
America, Inc./SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Goebel, Optiforma 26
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 25 million stamps
Paper Type: Prephosphored, Type II
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Unique Binders,
Fredericksburg, VA
Colors: Cyan, Magenta,Yellow, Black with
Security Foil
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.40 x 1.065 in./35.56 x
27.06 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.560 x 1.225 in./39.63 x
31.12 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.240 x 7.120 in./184.90 x
180.85 mm
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "S" followed by four (4) single
Marginal Markings: © 2005 USPS • Price • Plate
numbers on four corners of
pane • Plate position diagram
• Barcodes on four corners on
back of pane
Catalog Item Number(s): 112310 Single - $14.40
112320 Block of 4 - $57.60
112330 Block of 10 - $144.00
112330 Block of 10 - $144.00
112340 Pane of 20 - $288.00

Philatelic Requirement

SDOs will not receive a separate quantity Item 112300 for their authorized philatelic centers. Philatelic centers must be supplied their quantities from the initial automatic distribution made to SDOs.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisition Item 112300 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional stamps must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Memphis, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco APDs will each receive 2,000,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 680,000 additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive 4,160,000 additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.

— Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 2-16-06