United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Sub-group AR-AIR: Stamps used primarily for Air Force official business

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Sub-group AR-AIR: Stamps used primarily for Air Force official business[edit]

  • Some of these stamps are quite elusive but their actual rarity is not known. As a consequence no specific rarity indicators are shown for this sub-group.
  • Earliest date seen, 1971.


Type AIR-IA4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR1p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR1p1B.jpg

AR-AIR1.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IA4.1 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO number at bottom:
-   09057   (369788, 375471, 388383)
-   09611   (375698)
B.    (space) AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC at top ("ARMY" removed), APO and five-digit number at bottom:
-   APO 09238   (388383)
-   APO 09240   (338275)
V/F:    ≋ 00 :
a. Town mark inverted:   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE   /   APO 96528   (380260)



Type AIR-IA10A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR1p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR1p2B.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR1p2C.jpg

AR-AIR1.2. Pitney Bowes.

As Type AR-AIR1.1 but with larger colon in the value figures indicating the meter cannot print fractions of a cent values.
Type IA4.5 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and number at bottom
B.    (space) AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC at top ("ARMY" removed), APO and number at bottom:
-   APO 09012   (369933)
-   APO 09132   (370000)
-   APO 09283   (369909)
C.   Town mark contains no indication of Air Force use but with slogan used by the Air National Guard for official business
V/F:     00 :   (widely spaced colon dots)




Type AIR-IA10B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR1p3.jpg

AR-AIR1.3. Pitney Bowes.

As Type AR-AIR1.2 but with larger meter number below "P.B. METER".
Type IA4.6 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and number at bottom:
-   APO 09680   (375431)
-   APO 34007   (370020)
-   APO 34008   (369817)
-   APO 96431   (379758)
B.    (space) AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC at top ("ARMY" removed), APO 09012 at bottom:   ](369933)
V/F:     00 : (widely spaced colon dots)



Type AIR-IC3A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p1A.jpg

AR-AIR2.1. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC3.1 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and five-digit number at bottom)
B.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE APO AE or AP at top, five-digit number at bottom:
-   09012   (969145)
-   09468   (35322#)
-   96330   (953251)
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)



Type AIR-IC3B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p2A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p2B.jpg

AR-AIR2.2. Pitney Bowes.

As Type AR-AIR2.1 but with larger meter number below "P.B. METER".
Type IC3.2 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and five-digit number at bottom)
B.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE APO at top, five-digit number at bottom:
-   09464   (3371782)
-   09821   (3322126)
-   96319   (3350345, 3370285)
-   96368   (3351861)
C.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE APO AE or AP at top, five-digit number at bottom)
D.   AIR FORCE APO AE   /  09449   (3355794)
USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p2aa.jpg
E.   US AIR FORCE   /  96570   (indistinct)
V/F:    0 .00   (wavy lines at left 2mm tall)
V/F:    0 .00   (small wavy lines at left 1mm tall)
a. Error, town mark with "MAIL" instead of "FORCE":   AIR MAIL POSTAL SERVICE   /  09852   (3370339)



Type AIR-IC4A in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p3A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p3C.jpg

AR-AIR2.3. Pitney Bowes.

Type IC4.1 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and number at bottom
B.    (space) AIR FORCE POSTAL SVC at top ("ARMY" removed), APO and number at bottom:
-   APO 09323   (863202)
-   APO and indistinct number   (862915)
C.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE APO AE   /  09720   (856466)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00



Type AIR-IC4B in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p4A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR2p4B.jpg

AR-AIR2.4. Pitney Bowes.

As Type AR-AIR2.3 but with larger meter number below "P.B. METER".
Type IC4.2 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE at top, APO and number at bottom:
-   09292   (375494)
-   34001   (819145)
-   34002   (953489)
B.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE APO AE   /  09720   (3032946)
V/F:     USA meter stamp wide triad symbol.jpg. 00


Type AIR-KB1 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR3p1.jpg

AR-AIR3.1. Friden.

Type KB1.1 with town mark:   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE   /  SAN FRANCISCO 96323   (030494, 030596)
V/F:    .00



Type AIR-KB3 in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR3p2.jpg

AR-AIR3.2. Friden.

As Type AR-AIR3.1 but with wider value box.
Type KB2.1 with town marks:
A.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SERVICE   /  SAN FRANCISCO 96264   (030844, 031091, 222902)
B.   AIR FORCE POSTAL SER.   /  APO NEW YORK N.Y. 09102   (030844)   [RRRR]
V/F:    .00



Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR4p1A.jpg
USA meter stamp AR-AIR4p1B.jpg

AR-AIR4.1. Pitney Bowes.

Commercial meter stamps with slogan:   UNITED STATES AIR FORCE  /  OFFICIAL BUSINESS. All letters the same size.
A. Used with Type IC4.1
B. Used with Type IE1
a. As A, with town mark:   APO NY  /  09136  (910063)




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR4p2.jpg

AR-AIR4.2. Friden.

Type KA1.3 with slogan:   GO   /   AIR   /   FORCE!




Unlisted in 2001 edition

USA meter stamp AR-AIR4p3.jpg

AR-AIR4.3. Hasler.

Type LB1.1 with slogan:   UNITED STATES AIR FORCE  /  OFFICIAL BUSINESS. Letters in bottom line larger than letters in top line.