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A little bit of nostalgia tonight. From my aviation collection. Thought I would show you this cover and the postcard.
Click on images to see larger images and to read more please look at http://www.clubmarine.com.au/internet/clubmarine.nsf/docs/MG19-6+Feature I am sure you will enjoy this trip down memory lane.
Lost for words.. have a great weekend… Michael
I got this in the mail today. One little Christmas present to myself. Found it on eBay. Really lovely I hope you will agree.
I have read that the stamp was issued on 12 August, yet this cover is showing first day of issue as 19 August. Any knowledgeable readers who can explain that to me?
And some trivia for you. Domestic U.S. Air Mail was established as a new class of mail service by the United States Post Office Department (POD) on May 15, 1918, with the inauguration of the Washington–Philadelphia–New York route. Special postage stamps were issued for use with this service. Domestic air mail became obsolete in 1975, and international air mail in 1995, when the USPS began transporting First Class mail by air on a routine basis.
Best wishes.. Michael
Hi, yes am back again, where does the time go since I last wrote. Well partly it has gone with me loading another 400 lots to my Bidstart Store. If GB is your collecting interest do have a look http://www.cddstamps.com/bidstart_store.htm as there are another 300 completely new lots. But perhaps enjoying this about the first Trans-Pacific Flight, which this cover celebrates. Nice cover I think.
And before I tell you about the flight, sorry I do not know the why, how and when for the A340-600 undercarriage .. I am hoping to learn from you I will guess the why is because of airframe weight and spread for MTOW maybe? and the when is therefore, and I am really guessing here, when the weight is at or close to Max Take off weight but I thought the bogie was always down.. what do I know hehehehehe I will ask the crew on the flight back maybe so how? well that has me stumped.. how about pressing a button in the cockpit
Ok to the Trans-Pacific flight.
In 1928, Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm arrived in the United States and began to search for an aircraft. Australian polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins sold them a Fokker F.VII/3m monoplane, which they named the southern Cross
At 8:54 a.m. on 31 May 1928, Kingsford Smith and his 4-man crew left Oakland, California, to attempt the first trans-Pacific flight to Australia. The flight was in three stages. The first, from Oakland to Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii was 3,870 kilometres (2,400 mi), taking an uneventful 27 hours 25 minutes (87.54mph). They took off from Barking Sands on Mana, Kauai, since the runway at Wheeler was not long enough. They headed for Suva, Fiji, 5,077 kilometres (3,155 mi) away, taking 34 hours 30 minutes (91.45mph). This was the most demanding portion of the journey, as they flew through a massive lightning storm near the equator.The third leg was the shortest, 2,709 kilometres (1,683 mi) in 20 hours (84.15mph), and crossed the Australian coastline near Ballina before turning north to fly 170 kilometres (110 mi) to Brisbane, where they landed at 10.50 a.m. on 9 June. The total flight distance was approximately 11,566 kilometres (7,187 mi)
Awesome when you think about it.
Safe flying and enjoy your aerophilately.
Hi, well if this doesn’t prove how interesting stamp collecting is nothing will This stamp I found in a kiloware packet I am sorting. Nothing really special in terms of value but how interesting to do some research. I found this picture (below) and in it you will see, third aircraft from the furthest end, the aircraft shown on the stamp.
This picture taken around 1926 of some visitors to the DAR (State Aircraft Factory) at the airport Bozhurishte at the launch of the first mass-produced aircraft in Bulgaria.
The stamp was issued in 1981 in a set of 6. It shows a Flugzeugwerke DFW CV biplane actually catalogued as SG 2951, under Bulgaria.
If I have it correctly, this plane was from a family of German reconnaissance aircraft first used in 1916 in WW1. They were conventionally configured biplanes, as the picture clearly shows, but with unequal-span unstaggered wings and seating for the pilot and observer in tandem,
Have a great weekend, hope the weather is good if you are flying and if not, well I hope you enjoy your stamps.
Hello, yes I am back, in fact back online as I had no internet for past 4 days. When iCable work they are good, but when they don’t they are awful. Anyway I had more time to sort stamps and this is one I found. Nothing too exciting really, but I thought I would show it anyway.
Reminds me I am flying back to Sydney in four weeks time and on one of these in fact. Interesting aircraft in many ways.Certainly very nice to fly on. Well with Virgin Atlantic it is. Yes, it is an A340-600.
As you probably know it is a long-range four-engine wide-body jet. It seats up to 440 passengers in the stretched −600 series. Depending on the model, it has a range of between 12,400 to 17,000 km. It is similar in design to the twin-engined A330 which I normally fly on with Cathay and with which it was concurrently designed. Now for one of the distinguishing features - it has a three bogie main landing gear. Bet you didn’t know that Captain. hehehehe
Oh, and the stamp. SG 2284 issued in 2002 as one of a set of 5 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of passenger jet aviation.
Happy stamp collecting and flying .. Michael
Hello, I found this while cleaning through some covers today. Cannot do any detailed research because my internet stopped working yesterday and soonest the service people can come is Wednesday evening. Am lost with out internet.. am using hot spot from my phone now but cannot keep that going for lots of work can I.
Anyway, this cover as a prize if you can tell me anything about it (apart from what you can read on the cover of course). Just email me at email@example.com. Will mail for free. It has small stain in top right hand corner but otherwise clean.
Best wishes.. Michael
As for stamps, this is the best I could find of a Boeing 777 on a stamp. Interesting since I cannot identity the airline. Anyone know of it?
Send me an email and maybe I will find a flight cover for you, as a thank you, if you include your mailing address of course and are the first email I receive.
But why this theme tonight. well I read today that Emirates has place an order for 150 777X airplanes. That is the biggest airplane order ever, and it will make the plane the biggest launch order in history. if that is not enough aircraft, Emirate have purchase rights to another 50 777Xsx.
Apparently Etihad and Qatar have also placed orders. I hear that Qantas, the only airline I know of in the Asia Pacific region, or Middle East, or Europe or the rest of the world maybe, are looking at the 777,…………….. as they land at Kingsford Smith. hahahahahahahahaha
and finally, while researching this I found this excellent site. http://evergreenstampclub.org/flightandshowcovers.aspx nothing to do with me but thought I would share with you if you are interested in flight covers.
have a great weekend.
Keeping with a Canada theme but this time a balloon flight. Hope you like this cover, signed it appears by the three crew mentioned below. This from a news report back in 1985.
ST. JOHN’S, NFLD. ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. (AP) _ Three Dutch balloonists took off early Sunday in a bid to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The husband and wife team of Henk and Evelien Brink and crewman Evert Louwman lifted off in their massive balloon, dubbed the Flying Dutchman, in ideal weather at about 3 a.m. (4:30 a.m. EDT).
The balloon was flying about two miles above the Atlantic at a speed of 30 miles an hour. If they maintain speed and course, they would set down in France or Holland on Tuesday morning, about 50 to 52 hours after their departure, said Paul Stokes, a spokesman for the balloonists.
If they are successful, Evelien Brink would become the first woman to cross the Atlantic by ballon, Stokes said.
The project has cost more than $1 million so far, and the crew had been waiting since late June for the right weather conditions, Stokes said.
What is the rest of the story? I cannot find any details although this cover is in lovely condition and backstamped Schiphol.
Readers thoughts please?
best wishes.. Michael
Hi, well I am back in Hong Kong again. Just arrived a few hours ago on a Cathay flight from Sydney. Very comfortable and lovely crew. I do like their new Premium Economy. This cover is for the first Air Mail service between Ottawa Canada and Burlington Vermount USA. I wonder how long that flight took in a DC3, which was the aircraft used I think. for all sorts of information on early US Canada airmails have a look at http://www.aerodacious.com/ccAM072.HTM I think you will enjoy it. some lovely pictures.
Now to last nights quiz, the first email I received was from Glenn in Canada. (you can visit his really interesting site at http://gemsworldpostcards.blogspot.hk/ He gave all the correct details about the Uganda stamp I referred to. namely ….
Hi, yes finally finding some stamps and time to write, well at least show you these. Hard to belive it is some 34 years since those terrible days back when Idi Amin was in power. If nothing else we got a nice stamp issue from Uganda. These opt Uganda Liberated 1979.
Now to a little quiz. I will think of a prize later.. I am keeping these even though they don’t have much in the way of catalogue value.
What do you think is the significance of the aircraft on the top left stamp? click image to see enlargement Looking forward to hearing from you. and, I was reminded last night to write the answer to my quizzes, so tomorrow I will tell you all.
Best wishes.,, Michael