This cover is from a 1933 Madrid to Manila flight. it is the best I have to show to accompany the following picture and text.


I was recently in Aparri, northern Luzon in the Philippines. I specifically went there to see if I could find any locations related to the first flights to the Philippines by the early Spanish aviators. ¬†Finding something in Aparri, apart from Jollibee that is ūüôā , is like finding a needle in a haystack, but luck was with me because my very quick eyed wife spotted this as we drove along a small and crowded road. The plaque commemorates the first flight to land in the Philippines, in Aparri, in 1926. The pilot was Joaquin Loriga who completed the first long-distance flight from Madrid to Manila¬†of over eleven thousand miles.


The trip, which took 128 flight hours, hopped through North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Macao, Aparri¬† and then finally on to Manila¬†. ¬†Three biplanes with pilots and engineers started the journey but inly Loriga’s plane was the only one that completed the flight.

A little background: In 1924, Loriga proposed the idea of an excursion from Spain to the Philippines. At that time no direct air connection existed between Europe and the Far East, even when France and UK were studying that possibility, considering their conquests in the area.

The motivation to sponsor the trip was the connection between the old Spanish colony and Spain, with current commercial links and a considerable Spanish population in the capital, together with a memory of the old colonial times as more beneficial than the contemporary American occupation.

Three Breget XIX left Madrid on 5 April 1926, but only one plane made it to Manila. The other two planes were forced to land and were abandoned in the North African desert and on the coast of China.


Loriga, together with the engineer Eduardo Ganzalez-Gallarza, (also named on the plaque) continued flying in the last biplane.

The two landed in Aparri on 11 May at 2:20 in the afternoon; a multitude of Filipinos, whom the pilots described as frantic with enthusiasm, gathered around them and carried the Spaniards on their shoulders.

The pilots later wrote: “We must confess our emotions on stepping on that land, our temples pulsated violently, our hearts beat madly and childish tears flowed from our eyes‚ÄĚ

The final stage of their flight came in the morning of 13 May. Loriga and Gallarza said farewell to the officials and residents of Aparri, dropping small Spanish flags over Tuguegarao, Iligan and Echague along the way as a salute to them. They were escorted by 12 airplanes of the United States Army as they were halfway to Manila where they landed at 11:20 that morning.

Enjoy your philately and aviation  Michael


Hello, something very nice I think. Anyone know what these two stamps are or the source? Sorry, going into my collection. ūüôā Michael¬†


Hello, yes it has been ages since I wrote.  Just no time for writing these days but I came across this while listing more Kenya Uganda Tanzania stock in the online store.

This is one of a set of 4 celebrating East African Airways 21st Anniversary, issued in 1967.  It shows a Dragon Rapide. A  wonderful little plane, perhaps well known for many reasons but one being it was made largely of plywood.   I won’t bore you here with details about the plane but I recommend reading about it.  You will enjoy it.

If you are looking to add to your aviation collection I hope you have time to enjoy some of the stamps we have in our store at cddstamps   just type aircraft, or aviation in the search store box.

Best wishes,  Enjoy  Michael


Hello,  a short post before we fly to London for a quick holiday and to visit the London Stampex 2018 Show.

I thought this  Miniature Sheet from Montserrat was worth showing. Issued in 1993 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the RAF.  I cannot remember, maybe I have shown this before. I chose it as it was just there on my desk and it got me thinking; how long did it take to fly anywhere  in these aircraft?  The trip to London from Manila these days is about 14 1/2 hours.  Back in the 1940s I am guessing it would have been 40 plus hours,  and back in the 1920s much longer  maybe a reader will know.  I am guessing 8 days, with nowhere near the comfort we will be enjoying on one of Philippines Airlines Boeing 777s.

Enjoy your stamps and flying.  see you later in September.   Michael


Hello, just this picture for you to enjoy seeing, I hope.

Am on this in a few days, to Sydney. Back here on 28th.

First email to cddstamps with mailing address correctly naming this model will win a few aviation stamps. I will find something nice when I get back

Enjoy your philately and flying    Michael






Tonights aviation stamp is from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force issue of 1981, SG 409. You might think oh, just an aircraft image on a stamp. There is so much more.

My thanks to various websites, notably, and you will find this surprising, the Amaroo Tavern in Moree, New South Wales, Australia, worth a read if you have the time, and the Australian, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea Military Aircraft Serials & History website at

This aircraft was originally delivered to Australia in 1945 and introduced into the RAAF serving many different squadrons.¬† In 1975 the Australian Government converted it to a Civilian DC3 and on the 10th October 1975, donated her to the PNG Defence Force, in the name of foreign Aid, where she was given the Aircraft No. P2-003 with the call sign ‚ÄúDefence Force 3‚ÄĚ

If you look carefully you might be able to make out the 03 on the nose.

The aircraft gave approximately 5000 hours of service to the PNG Defence Force until it was pensioned off in January 1992.

It was bought by tender from the PNG  Defence Force in July 1993 and the aircraft was flown to Moree NSW  where it is now on display outside the Amaroo Tavern.


Must visit there one day, now I have read all this history!

Enjoy your stamps and the history they hold for us.




Hello, welcome to cddstamps and to the weekend.  I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp.

This is from a set of 4 issued in 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first airmail service between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

This is an interesting aircraft. Yes, a Catalina but what was called a Consolidated Catalina because it was built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, California during 1937.

It was purchased by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY for use by naturalist Dr. Richard Archbold. It was registered in the United States as NC 777 and nicknamed “GUBA”¬† If you look carefully you might see the name on the aircraft.

GUBA was the New Guinea Hiri Moutu word for a tropical storm and the plane was given this name in honour of another aircraft that sank in the Guba storm.

Some trivia about this plane. It made the first transcontinental flight by a flying boat.  and, it was the plane used by the Russians in 1937 but flown by Sir Hubert Wilkins the famous Australian polar explorer, ornithologist to search for the 6 Russian crew of a flight which disappeared on a flight across the North Pole.

If you want something short and interesting to read this weekend, I recommend    scroll down for some brilliant pictures.

enjoy your stamps and your aviation      have a great weekend    Michael


Hello, here is one I found today. It shows a Turkish Airlines  Fokker F.27-100 Friendship.  the actual plane on the stamp was built in 1959 and broken up in July 1986.  It last flew for TAAG РLinhas Aereas de Angola Airlines.

The Fokker F27 Friendship was a turboprop developed and manufactured by the Dutch manufacturer Fokker.  The aircraft has the distinction of being the most numerous post-war aircraft to have been manufactured in the Netherlands; the F27 was also one of the most successful European airliners of its era.

I have no idea why the plane was on the stamp, other than the stamp was issued in 1967 as one of a set of 5 showing different aircraft.

If anyone knows more or can tell me where to buy this set (I cannot find it for sale) I would be most interested to hear from you at

Here is another view of it you might enjoy seeing




I don’t know about you, but for me, when I am studying stamps, the time passes so fast.

I found one SG SG Y1743 in a few Machins I was sorting and thought, I wonder which printer? I should have just put it in stock and left it there with the other few hundred  shouldn’t I?  4 hours later I realise I am still looking at a selection under UV light and am still wondering if I have correctly identified each stamp. I show a sample.   some are quite clear as I have a reference stamp and under UV I can see the equivalents. Others I am not so sure.  Basically, some with a reddish colour under UV, some just very dark with no obvious phosphor band showing, and the De La Rue with bright bands showing.   I know there are readers with far better knowledge then me, so all comments are welcomed.


I think I am basically down to cataloguing them as De La Rue and Enschede. Reading Deegam is itself a wonderful way to spend time but sometimes (ref DG 1000) I get more confused. J

Such an interesting stamp. Well you could say that for any Machin couldn’t you? I hope you enjoy your Machins as much as I do.




Hello,¬† ¬†I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp. A little bit of nostalgia again.¬† Showing the Bleriot XI and a Boeing 707. When I saw it I was thinking you don’t see meany 4 engine aircraft these days so thought I would show it. I am thinking, when did I last fly on a 4 engine plane,¬† must be at least some 3 or 4 years ago and given the amount of long distance flying I do I think that shows the advances in aircraft technology.

Anyway, this was issued in 1961 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first South African ariel post.  SG 220.

Enjoy your flying and your aerophilately.