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Hi, another cover tonight which I hope you will enjoy seeing. And a prize of a few Hong Kong aviation stamps if you can answer these three questions. My friend, the Captain, used to fly a shuttle service across Cook Strait in New Zealand when he first started flying. He said that this stretch of water could be one of the roughest and most turbulent areas he has flown in.
Wellington airport, being a short runway and surrounded by hills, could also throw up a challenge as well, because of the winds that would buffet the airport at times. He has come up with the questions for the quiz:
1. What was the name of the Airline that ran a regular freighter service between Blenheim and Wellington up to the early 1980′s?
2. What did the initials stand for?
3. What type of aircraft did they use?
Ok there is a challenge. just reply with answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include your mailing address. I will send a set of the 1984 Aviation in Hong Kong stamps – high catalogue value I might add – to the first correct entry.
And please, don’t forget to visit my Bidstart sales at http://cddstamps.com/bidstart-sales/ to fill a few gaps in your collection
Been a while since I wrote. Too busy with travel and work etc but hope you enjoy this cover. Picked it up today in the Mong Kok stamp arcade here in Hong Kong. – Wonderful place and so much to enjoy, so many stamp shops.– issued in July 1998 to commemorate the opening of Chek Lap kok ( lovely airport I might add) I am offering this as a prize to the first correct email to me at email@example.com and you must include your mailing address of course….. if you get the correct answer to this question……… how many aircraft are there depicted on this cover will publish answer in a few days..
Hello, when did I last have time to write? I really forget. Been so busy with travel and work. But tonight I wanted to show you a stamps sent to me by one of my readers.
This from the 1961 issue with revalued currency – I think – A DC6B. This plane was originally intended as a military transport and near the end of World War II it was reworked to compete with the Lockheed Constellation in the long-range commercial transport market. Interesting flying history for this plane, mostly in the USA of course.
I’ve just done two recent flights, one an A340-600 and then an A380. What a difference as I sat back enjoying excellent in flight entertainment; two very comfortable planes. Bit of a difference to 60 plus years ago.
Enjoy your stamps and flying
Hello, last night I showed you a cover and I mentioned it had the tail number VH-EBI on it. Tonights cover was actually flown by that aircraft. The inaugural was the first jet service Sydney to Tokyo with stops in Manila and Hong Kong in November 1961.
This cover must have been used on the return flight I would expect since it was cancelled with Japan stamps. This link show you some lovely pictures and some history of the plane.
Hello, a few topics tonight. The cover above of course. I picked this up at an auction recently. Lovely condition. Just one of those fanciful ideas that it would be nice in my aviation collection. I think it will be. Interestingly I noted in top left hand corner what appears to be the letters VH-EBI.. Well that has to be an error as the aircraft that flew this inaugural, as surely we all know, ( big smile) was VH-EBE. Have a look at this and see some brilliant pictures of this plane and some history at the same time.
I am on an A380 to Sydney in 10 days yet seeing this makes me wish I could fly on one of these just once to experience the thrill. – oh ok..perhaps not in economy
Anyway, talking of flying experiences, do have a look at this link. A 767 – yes Captain I know you wouldn’t have bounced it like that but the weather in UK recently has been pretty bad. I am surprised they didn’t divert if it was that bad. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57618997-71/watch-a-boeing-767s-landing-gear-strained-to-its-limits/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title&partner=skygrid
and if after all that you want to relax in your study with your feet firmly on the ground and get some aviation stamps for your collection please check out my Bidstart Store
Enjoy.. Best wishes… Michael
Sorry no stamp tonight. just this after reading that Virgin Atlantic will stop flying Hong Kong Sydney in May.
will Qantas finally realise they can do more than fly one A380 a day. Probably not. Expect to see Cathay add frequency.
Back to stamps tomorrow I expect, when I have recovered from this terrible news
Hello, just got home from office and so to relax started to look through some old material. Found this. Rather nice, even if not the best copy. It was issued in 1955, one of a set of three. SG 441c Catalogue I have shows valued at £0.30. Just goes to show it doesn’t mean that because a stamp is old it has value. The aircraft? anyone know what it is? write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps send me a scan of a favourite aviation related stamp.
Best wishes.. Michael
Hello, something different tonight and the first time I have posted an envelope without a stamps on it I think. And the first time I have posted a crash cover. This was a cover I got in an auction here in Hong Kong a few weeks ago. It will be part of an Exhibition frame I am preparing, yes on aviation and aerophilately over the past 100 years
It is a 1953 metered aerogram from Hong Kong to England from the “Comet” crash, showing violet “Salvaged Mail/Comet Crash near Calcutta/2nd May 1953” in very fine condition (considering it was from a plane crash of course). This crash was recorded as the first Comet crash but in fact was the second in which there were fatalities. The first being on 3 March 1953, when a new Canadian Pacific Airlines Comet 1A failed to get airborne.while attempting a night takeoff from Karachi, Pakistan, on a delivery flight to Australia.
So this was the from the first commercial flight crash.
Comments? or information to pass on to me would be most gratefully received. email as always at email@example.com
Best wishes .. Michael
Hello, sorry not written for a few days, but I hope you enjoy seeing this cover and detail. This as you can see if you click the image to enlarge, was one of the first envelopes to be cancelled in London and New York from a flight that made aviation history back in 1937.
The stamp was cancelled in London 2 hours after it was issued. It was flown New York – London – New York. Rather special I think you might agree. Flight time 21 hours 3 minutes New York to London, then 24 hours 22 minutes back to New York. Bit longer than today. Last time I did the London – New your flight it was around 6 hours something.
Enjoy your aerophilately
Another cover tonight celebrating a remarkable achievement back in 1958. The first Qantas round the world service
On 14 January 1958, two Super Constellations took off from Melbourne to inaugurate a pioneering round the world service. One travelled via India along the Kangaroo Route, while the other flew eastward on the Southern Cross Route via the United States. The Super Constellations circumnavigated the globe in opposite directions, arriving back in Sydney six days later. Before long, eight round the world services were operating weekly
This cover is back stamped Jan 20th, yes, 6 days after departure
and by popular request here is the reverse
have a great weekend… Michael