Dan Beard Rocket Mail
Keith Larson

There were two Boy Scout rockets fired on April 27, 1960. The rockets were launched at Raeren, Belgium.   One was the Dan Beard rocket and one was the Baden-Powell II rocket.  The cachet (round one on left of cover as you look at it) identifies which rocket the cover was flown in.

Carried by the Dan Beard Rocket

There were a total of 725 covers flown on the Dan Beard, including 190 Boy Scout FDCs from the US dated 8 February 1960.  The flown covers were signed by Dr. de Bruijn.

Scout Rocket Issue

The Scout local issue rocket stamp in the upper right corner were both perforate and imperforate and printed in sheets of four.

Carried by the Baden Powell II Rocket

Guyana SS

The Dan Beard Rocket Mail was later honored in a rare Scout stamp on stamp special sheet issued by Guyana for the 1991 World Jamboree in Korea


Ellington-Zwisler Rocket Mail Catalog,
American Air Mail Society, 1967
Dr. Max Kronstein, Rocket Mail Flights of the World to 1986
The American Airmail Society, Cinnaminson, New Jersey 1986.