Great Britain - issued 1995
But it was Guglielmo Marconi who proved the feasibility of radio communication. He sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895. By 1899 he flashed the first wireless signal across the English Channel and two years later received the letter "S", telegraphed from England to Newfoundland. This was the first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message in 1902.
One year later the Wright Brothers made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight on December 17, 1903.
|USA - issued 2003|
There are several stamps commemorating that first flight but this was issued on the centenary of the flight that was the beginning of aviation as we know it.
The first non-stop transatlantic flight came in 1919.
|Great Britain - 1969|
The stamp shows a page from the Daily Mail newspaper and was issue for the 50th anniversary of the flight. Alcock and Brown flew a modified World War I Vickers Vimy bomber from St John's Newfoundland to Clifden in County Galway in Ireland. There was a small amount of mail carried on the flight making it the first transatlantic airmail flight.
Now please fly over to Viridian's Sunday-stamps-105 for the celebration of other beginnings.