1918 (May 14) Large KUK Luftahrtruppen official envelope flown from Vienna to Lemberg franked with a very fine well centred fresh colour block of eight Flugpost 4kro grey tied by Vienna cds dated 14.5.18, endorsement top states it contained ten enclosures that were to be forwarded to the 13th Air Company at Proskurow (where planes to Kiev landed for refuelling), the printed script at the lower left states “Postage Free Official Matter” (normal postage was not applicable on military mail, however the handling and airmail fees were due), there is a heavy vertical filing crease centrally with some tears and wrinkles to the frame/edges as to be expected with large envelopes of this type (40 x 15 cm is mounted upon an A3 exhibition page) and there appears to be a stamp missing -a rate of 24kro would be charged for an item in excess of 140grams, an extraordinary franking and scarce survivor; very rare, one of three known.
Note: The K.U.K. Luftfahrtruppen was the air force of the K.U.K. army from 1915 until the dissolution in 1918 of the multinational state of Austria-Hungary.
Please note change of estimate to the printed catalogue of €600-700
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