Hello,   here is a rather interesting stamp.  Good to see some design in this issue not like most modern aviation stamps which seem to be just photographs.  Issued  in 1961 to commemorate the  Silver Jubilee ( 50th Anniversary) of Air Lingus. It shows a de Haviland DH.84 Dragon Mk 2 and a Boeing 720.

The Dragon is to remember the first flight on 27 May 1936, five days after being registered as an airline.  Air Lingus operated between Dublin and Bristol in the UK using a six-seater DH.84 Dragon  biplane  with the registration  EI-ABI. The aircraft was named Iolar (Eagle).

The Boeing 720 is to remember the airline  getting its first jet aircraft in December 1960. These were used on the New York and Boston services.

Interesting history over the years and now of course it is part of the IAG group with British Airways and Iberia, but that is another story, away from philately!

enjoy your philately and don’t forget you can enjoy that by adding to your collection from our store at https://www.hipstamp.com/store/cddstamps

Michael   cddstamps.com




Here is a stamp that might interest you. I often say how we can learn so much from stamps. Well this one is no exception because it shows remarkable man and  was issued to support the Douglas Bader Foundation. You can read more if interested.  A worthwhile Foundation I will add.

What is remarkable, well one of many aspects of his life that is remarkable, is that after he lost both legs in a flying accident in 1931 and was close to dying because of his injuries he had the drive to recover and in fact he returned to flying in WWII with the RAF. If that was not enough he was shot down in 1941 and had to bale out of his aircraft, he was captured and eventually spent some time in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.

He left the RAF in 1946  but continued to fly until 1979.   Really quite an amazing man.

Have a great weekend  and enjoy your flying and aerophilately.   Michael cddstamps.com



Hello, I was sorting some stamps today – yes it is still raining! – and saw this one.   It is one of a set of three issued in 2011 to commemorate 100 year of aviation in Malaysia. It is reported and documented to show an Antoinette VII monoplane  in which the countries first flight was flown by pilot G P Fuller.  Well! do you believe everything you read?

What makes this stamp sort of interesting is that what I wrote above is all wrong. The actual plane on the stamp is a Bleriot XI and the pilot was a Dutchman, Giisbertus Peter Kuller.  GP Fuller was an Englishman I believe.   Sometimes the news reported is wrong.  Well I never would have thought that!!

Enjoy your philately and aviation   Michael cddstamps.com

Hello,  Welcome to cddstamps.   Here is a nice Aviation stamp from Zimbabwe.  Anyone know the aircraft?


We just listed over 400 Zimbabwe to the store.  including quite a few aviation themed ones. Hope you find something to fill a few gaps in your collection. we think you will.

So many you will definately be able to fill some gaps if you collect Rhodesia / Zimbabwe. Stock we had for a while, and like everything we eventually got around to listing it in the store.

Please enjoy looking. We look forward to welcoming you in the store.

Have a great weekend Michael cddstamps.com the store


Just checking in  and saying hello.    Hope you like this one.

I will make time to start writing again soon I hope.


Hello,    one that I hope you enjoy. The Harrier Jump Jet. I may actually see one very soon as am off to the UK in a few days and my brother is taking me to this remote airfield where apparently one is parked.  Cannot divulge the location..  Top secret  and classified need to know old chap!!   hahahahaha


I am also pretty sure I will be getting one of two of these covers.

This will be issued by the British Forces Philatelic Service to commemorate the Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 entering service, in 1969, and to celebrate the aircraft’s achievements.

Enjoy your  aerophilately     Be back in July, unless I  have something to post while in UK.  You never know 🙂

Michael cddstamps.com



Today is May 1st so I thought it timely to say welcome to May.

It is actually an ancient European Spring Festival celebration so if you want you can go and dance around the May pole and not feel ridiculous.

But that has nothing to do with stamps. So I will just stay with philatelic themes.

First, on May 1st 1840 the Penny Black became available for sale, to be used from 6th May.

Jumping fast forward 178 years, on May 1st 2018 the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum opened an exhibition titled Postmen of the Skies. This celebrated 100 years of Airmail service.   If you have not been it is still open but only for another 29 days. It closes on 29th May 2019. There was of course a special issue stamp. The United States Postal Service commemorated the beginning of airmail services by dedicating two United States Air Mail Forever stamps.  The first, depicted in blue, commemorates the pilots who first flew the mail in the early years of aviation.  I have added another recent issue which I think is far more attractive.



And finally, perhaps best known, is that 1st May is known as May Day. It is also known as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day and is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many others.   Many stamps probably come to mind. I have chosen this one from Russia for us to see.


The date was chosen in 1904 at the Sixth Conference of the Second International by a pan-national organization of socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket Affair although the day was first proposed back in the 1880s and I think celebrated from about 1886.   It called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8 hour day for the class demands of the proletariat and for universal peace”  Well we got the 8 hour day.  Still working on the peace bit.

Oh, and if you are in the USA or Canada, yes I know they have Labour Day on the first Monday of September.

And, if you really want to be entertained, try reading more about May 1st, especially the history behind the ancient spring festival,  absolutely fascinating history.  So many “events” are actually  celebrated on May 1st. Perhaps it has something to do with the ancient spring festival karma!

Enjoy and learn from your philately. Michael  cddstamps.com


March madness mini-sale moving Montserrat Malta …..starting Monday 18th, 20% off. Maybe motivate you to find some missing stamps; make up a mix of mint and used. maybe! Michael 🙂

How about these for your aviation collection – SG 922 – 925  issued in 1993 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Airforce.    Awesome aircraft!

Michael  cddstamps.com



Hello,   I am back.  Been travelling during the past 4 weeks so had little time to write.  And, I know I am a few days late with this but I hope you enjoy the stamp anyway.

The first Concorde prototype took off from Toulouse in the south of France 50 years ago on March 2, 1969.  Hard to believe as far as I am concerned, yes 50 years ago.

Did you know only 20 were built and now 17 can be found in various places, museums or storage, in the UK, Europe, the USA and one in Barbados, I think.

Last year I visited the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton airfield in the UK.  While the museum is devoted to the history of British naval aviation it does have the second Concorde to fly and the first British built example.  Nice to see it and walk around it again.

Anyway, this stamp is from North Korea as I guess you can see and it shows the Air France Concorde and a Wibault 283 Trimotor.  I should do more research to find why this aircraft was used, or I am just missing the obvious. This was also an Air France plane first flown in 1934. but I cannot see the relationship with the Concorde.  Maybe someone will enlighten me, or there isn’t one!

Enjoy your flying and your aerophilately

Michael     cddstamps.com


Tonights stamp is rather interesting for a few reasons I think.  It was issued in 1969, one of a set of two, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bahamas Airmail Services.

It shows a Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat.  This was an American twin engine sesquiplane amphibious aircraft.  What does that mean.  Sesquiplane is a common variation on the biplane where one wing (usually the lower) has not more than half the surface area of the other. The name means “one-and-a-half wings.”    Interesting to see I think and of course amphibious  means  it can  take off and land on both land and water.

The plane was sometimes called the Explorer’s Air Yacht.  It was flown successfully by Pan American and the US Army.  Howard Hughes owned one and Charles Lindbergh surveyed South America and Pacific Ocean routes for Pan Am in one.

If readers are interested there is a very nice single frame exhibit here on this issue.  Titled  “Wings over the Bahamas”  The exhibit shows the archival proof material from the Format International Security Printers Ltd., London that printed the two stamps for the Bahamas Post Office.

Have a great weekend    Michael  cddstamps.com