The Canal Zone Seal and Jet airmails (Scott C42-53) were issued at intervals between 1965 and 1976. The first group (6-, 8-, 15-, 20-, 30-, and 80-cent) replaced the earlier airmails on July 15, 1965. The 10-, 11-, and 13-cent stamps reflected rate changes to the United States, while the 22-, 25-, and 35-cent stamps covered new rates to the rest of the world.
The design incorporates a vignette of the Seal of the Canal Zone and a profile of a stylized modern jet-powered airliner. The Seal dates back to 1904, when it was first authorized by the Isthmian Canal Commission. Its actual design and manufacture was accomplished by the famous firm of Tiffany & Co. in 1906. In 1965 the Isthmus of Panama was served by both Braniff and Pan American airlines, and collectors presume the stylized jet represents one of their DC-8s or 707s.