Hello, thank you for reading me. Today a Piper (PA 23) Apache and in the background a BAC 111.

You can see the Apache has LIAT markings. The reason: this was the first aircraft the airline operated when it started, flying between Antigua and Montserrat. 

The BAC 111 – well, LIAT entered the jet age soon after being acquired by Court Lines in 1971, using stretched British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven series 500 twin jets for their longer Caribbean routes.

Sadly, today, I believe the airline is under administration due to the impact the corona virus has had on the travel industry.

Enjoy your stamps Michael cddstamps

Hello, welcome to cddstamps.  Here is another from Papua New Guinea.  This from the 1970 Australia and New Guinea Air Services issue.

It shows a DC6B  of TAA (Trans Australia Airlines)    Lots of interesting early Australian aviation history to read about and this aircraft.

The   image shows the plane flying by Mount Wilhelm which is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at nearly 15000 feet high.

Have a lovely weekend  

Michael cddstamps.com

Here is one I do not think I have written about before. I read this was a British aircraft but in believe it is a German   plane built by Klemm  and is known as a Swallow.    It was used originally in Papua New Guinea and in fact baptized by the Archbishop of Cologne and nicknamed St Paulus.    It was used in PNG by the Catholic Mission and originally had the tail reg HB-XAL.

In 1936 the aircraft was re-registered in Australia as VH-UUR.  Interesting history and ownership over the next 80 plus years and I believe it could still be flying at shows.

This from a 1982 PNG issue of Mission aviation stamps.

Maybe you know of its whereabouts and status?  Do drop me an email to correct me or update me   Michael cddstamps@gmail.com

Hello, here is a lovely cover. Well I think so, and the nice part is I found it in a box I was sorting this morning. The stamps are se-tenant, there is a nice short write up on the reverse, the Seven Seas Australian Stamp Catalogue (2017) lists the cover at AUD $4 and it is in very clean condition.

Nice for the aviation collection I think you will agree.

Enjoy your aerophilately Michael cddstamps.com

Hello,   I hope this finds  everyone fine and in good health. This corona virus is very annoying – one way of putting it!   Many of our local neighbourhoods are in lock down now. Oh well.  stamps keeps us occupied for sure.

Something different. This envelope.   I cannot see anything special about it from a flight perspective – do correct me if I am wrong – but I did think the address was interesting.   Our trip to New York last year was cancelled due corona virus. One day we will return. I love the place.  Anyway, this is what I think is an interesting address and one we will  definitely visit.

The building is shown below, an old picture and a more modern one. Rather beautiful building I think you might agree and wonderful that it is still there after all these years.

881-887 Broadway at 19th Street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, lies within the Ladies Miles Historic District. The building takes up the entire block of 19th Street to Fifth Avenue, where its address is 115 Fifth Avenue. Originally built as the Arnold Constable Dry Goods Store in 1868-1869 and extended in 1873 and 1877, the building was designed by Griffith Thomas. The Broadway façade is marble, while the Fifth Avenue façade is cast iron. The building features a 2-story mansard roof – and a rather stunning one that has to be seen in my view.

All this from a few stamps on an old airmail envelope.   What a brilliant hobby.  

And please don’t forget to visit us at cddstamps.

Hello, one more Clipper cover; this one for the flight on to Hong Kong on April 28th 1937. There is an interesting website for some more details … https://industrialhistoryhk.org/33591-2/ in summary….

The seaplane service was introduced when the Hong Kong Clipper flew from Macau on April 28, 1937.

The seaplane picked up passengers in Macau who travelled on another Pan Am seaplane, China Clipper, from San Francisco to Manila via Macau. “Passengers who intended to travel to mainland China took other flights in Hong Kong after arriving in the city,” Mr Ng said.

I have flown Hong Kong – Macau – not the other way, always used to get the ferry back. It took 15 minutes in a helicopter. Wouldn’t it be a thrill to do the flight in a seaplane like the Clipper?

The stamps are – top row from left left to right (Scott 56, 54, 55 and 56 again)- those issued to commemorate the 1936 Manila Madrid flight by Antonio Arnaiz and Juan Calvo, with the commemorative overprint and the lower 12c stamp from the 1932 issue overprinted Airmail.

This cover is back stamped Victoria Hong Kong with a time stamp of 2:30 as far as I read it. Does that make it an early arrival? I welcome thoughts.

Michael cddstamps.com

Hello, One new cover for my collection today.  I hope you enjoy seeing this one.  Flown Manila to Macao as part of the  1937  inauguration of the extension  of the US  trans-Pacific air mail service on FAM route 14  to Macao and Hong Kong by Pan Am. This flight was flown by the Hong Kong Clipper. Below is the plane in Hong Kong harbour in the fall of 1941 – photo courtesy of Pan American World Airways

Enjoy your aerophilately    Michael cddstamps.com

Hello, I mentioned the Viscount in the previous piece so thought timely to show a stamp with a Viscount. This as you can see is from Rhodesia.

It was one of a set of 6 issued in 1978 for the 75th Anniversary of Powered Flight. I do not know too much of the history of the aircraft or why it was chosen for the issue. It was bought new by Central African Airways (CAA) and delivered on 3 November 1946, registered VP-YEW and named ‘Zambezi’ and later sold to Eagle Aircraft Services Ltd in 1956 and re-registered as G-AIHA.

The name Zambezi was, as far as I can tell, because the aircraft was named after the river and used on the Zambezi service linking the then Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland with London.

I welcome emails with more details.

Enjoy your aerophilately Michael cddstamps.com

Another plane, again one showing the BEA logo, that never really quite made it I think one might say.  The Ambassador from the British aircraft manufacturer Airspeed Ltd

From On 10 July 1947, the first prototype Ambassador conducted its maiden flight, a total of three prototypes would be built. Early on BEA was a major customer, having placed a £3 million order for 20 aircraft in September 1948.

Introducing the Ambassador to service in 1951, BEA often referred to the aircraft as the “Elizabethans”, as having been popularised as the planes used for the airline’s “Elizabethan Class” passenger service. However, the type was quickly outperformed by the turboprop-powered Vickers Viscount with BEA opting to withdraw its Ambassadors in 1958. Secondhand aircraft were operated by a range of other airlines, including one you may recall, Dan Air.

I am trying to think of a quiz question.  Cannot come up with something but I do recommend reading about Airspeed Ltd. You might be quite surprised who was one of the major players in the company.

Have a lovely Easter weekend and when you are relaxing please try to find a few minutes to visit our store


Hello, hope everyone is well. What about this. Nostalgia. Am going to be dreaming Tridents tonight !!!!!!!

I am not going to bore you with stories but I will recommend this link for interesting reading. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Siddeley_Trident

Just notice the plane does not have the all too familiar, to many of us maybe, BEA logo

more planes tomorrow as just found a few to show you. Michael cddstamps.com