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Hello, two nights running. I must be getting bored with life if all I have to do is write about stamps :-) Actually no, but today I received this MS. Just wanted to share it with you if you have not already seen it.
Issued a month ago but mine just arrived. Great job by Royal Mail I will honestly say as the first posting never arrived and they sent a replacement, no argument. That was good of them. well done Royal Mail.
Anyway, some learning for me. Fighter command strength on 10 August 1940 was 715 planes of the Royal Air Force and 2550 for the Luftwaffe. I really enjoy learning from my stamps. click image to enlarge.
Have a great day, where ever you are. And, oh yes, to my dear pilot friend I have a sheet for you. Will be in the mail soon.
Michael …. http://www.cddstamps.com
Yes I am finally writing again. Sorry been so long since last post but I hope you enjoy seeing this cover.
I was at the Singapore Philatelic Exhibition this past weekend and found this at one of the booths. Nice addition to my collection I think.
It was issued in 1991 to commemorate the official opening of Terminal 2 at Changi Airport.
The airport is still one of the best in my view. I just enjoy having to travel through there.
Can you name all the aircraft I wonder, easy, surely! I picked up a few other aviation stamps. Will send something to first correct answer if you include your mailing address – just email me at email@example.com Click image to enlarge.
Hello, having a lovely weekend I hope? Maybe cold there? Not here. Very nice. Just a quick one tonight to show these two from the 2001 Aircraft issue from New Zealand. Easy to see what aircraft they are I think. The DC3 is obvious I expect, but what about the seaplane. Thinking of the time I was taken up and down and up and down in one, not this plane I have to admit!. Wonderful memories.
It is a Boeing & Westervelt seaplane. Interesting history perhaps you will agree.
The B & W was the first Boeing product, named after the initials of its designers, William Boeing and U.S. Navy Lt. Conrad Westervelt.
The first B & W, completed in June 1916, was made of wood, linen and wire. Inspired by the Martin TA trainer that Boeing owned, the B & W had, among other improvements, better pontoons and a more powerful engine.
Two B & Ws were offered to the U.S. Navy. When the Navy did not buy them, they were sold to the New Zealand Flying School and became the company’s first international sale. The B & Ws later were used for New Zealand express and airmail deliveries, set a New Zealand altitude record of 6,500 feet (1981 meters) feet on June 25, 1919, and made that country’s first official airmail flight on Dec. 16, 1919.
Hope you enjoyed seeing these. Have a great weekend
Enjoy your stamps and your flying Michael www.cddstamps.com
Hello, I realise I have not written for a while. Hope you will forgive me. Just had no ideas. But then I came across this and while for the philatalelist specialist I think, I hope other readers also enjoy seeing it.
This is from the 1966 Anniversary of Central African Airways and shows a de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide.
Similar looking stamps in the pair, as seen above, but a variety exists Not sure how this will show but click on the image to enlarge. There is a print offset on the colour and especially seen in the tail number on the right hand stamp
Hi, how wonderful to receive so many replies to last nights question, and everyone got the correct answer, well as close as mattered. Winner was Steve from the UK with the first correct answer, and since the second correct answer was also a guy called Steve and with even more details about the aircraft and why it was there in the ice, (he was from Australia) , I will send a runner up prize, also that Miniature sheet. well done guys and thanks for reading my blog.
It was of course a Hercules – in fact a RNZAF C130H Hercules on operation Icecube. This operation started in October 1965 when the RNZAF (no 40 Squadron) first flew from New Zealand to Antarctica for what became annual summer flights. Perhaps the stamp was intended as a 20 year Anniversary. I don’t know for sure. Anyway it all makes for interesting reading. Try this link if you want to read more – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._40_Squadron_RNZAF
Tonight a change of pace, to the island of Guernsey and another fun aircraft to fly in, Well I used to think so. easier one to recognise? This from the 1981 Inter Island Transport series.
I’ll find another prize for the first correct answer. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with mailing address please….. I do not keep mailing addresses
Enjoy your flying, and maybe your stamps.
Michael …. www.cddstamps.com
Hello, a weekend with stamps and I found this MS from the 1984 Antarctic research issue. Hope you enjoy seeing it. I have a few copies so thought, time for a prize.
First correct answer, email me at email@example.com, with your mailing address will receive this.
What is the aircraft?
Have a great weekend… Michael
Hello, TGIF, and time for some stamps. I was thinking todays aircraft are so much quicker than the 84 to about 100 days which is the time it took passengers to travel from London to New Zealand back in the late 1880s, but since I don’t have any aircraft stamps to hand at the moment I thought I would show this one to you all. It is one stunning image I think.
A painting in fact. Titled the The Dunedin The ship shows the colours of the Shaw Savill & Albion Line of London. The painting was by Frederick Tudgay (1841–1921), and was oil on canvas, originally owned by the ship’s captain, John Whitson.
Why is this ship commemorated? I am glad you asked. Because The Dunedin was the first ship to successfully transport a full cargo of refrigerated meat from New Zealand to England and in doing so it provided the impetus to develop the capacity of New Zealand as a major provider of agricultural exports, notwithstanding its remoteness from most markets.
The ship was built at Port Glasgow in Scotland in 1874. She was one of six Auckland class emigrant vessels, each designed to carry 400 passengers. In 1881, still painted in her original colours of a black hull with a gold band and pink boot topping as shown, she was refitted with a Bell Coleman refrigeration machine. Fascinating reading about the achievements in those years.
The stamp, oh yes the stamp, I nearly forgot about it, it is SG 3393, from the 2012 Great Voyages of New Zealand issue. Useful catalogue price at £5.50 VFU.
Have a great philatelic weekend, or flying weekend, or whatever you are planning to do.
Hello, unashamed advertising tonight. Actually also because I like the stamps Stanley Gibbons chose to display
do enjoy. This was the SG MarketPlace Ad for my online store which you can visit here sorry if it looks a mess but I can assure you the Store is full of great stamps and very competitive prices and easy to get around.
Interesting stamp tonight because of the man it commemorates. Richard William Pearse. He was a New Zealand farmer and inventor who performed pioneering experiments in aviation.
It is claimed Pearse flew and landed a powered heavier-than-air machine on 31 March 1903, some nine months before the Wright brothers flew their aircraft. The documentary evidence to support such a claim remains open to interpretation, and Pearse did not develop his aircraft to the same degree as the Wright brothers. Pearse himself never made such claims, and in an interview he gave to the Timaru Post in 1909 only claimed he did not “attempt anything practical…until 1904”.
Pearse made several attempts to fly in 1901, but due to insufficient engine power he achieved no more than brief hops. The following year he redesigned his engine to incorporate double-ended cylinders with two pistons each. Researchers recovered components of his engine (including cylinders made from cast-iron drainpipes) from rubbish dumps in 1963. Replicas of the 1903 engine suggest that it could produce about 15 hp.
Verifiable eyewitnesses describe Pearse crashing into a hedge on two separate occasions during 1903. His monoplane must have risen to a height of at least three metres on each occasion. Good evidence exists that on 31 March 1903 that Pearse achieved a powered, though poorly controlled, flight of several hundred metres.
What would he think today if he could see our 777s and A380s for example taking off and flying for as many hours as they do?
Enjoy your stamps and flying, Michael www.cddstamps.com
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Hello, tonight another cover from that 1967 Czechoslovakia issue that I showed the other night. On the 60h stamp you can see another Letov aircraft, a L-40 Meta Sokol. This is a sports and touring four-seat single-engine low-wing aircraft of the late 1950s. About 100 were built.
The second stamp, the 1k.60, shows a Zlin Z-526 Trener Master. This was another sports and aerobatic aircraft and far more successful, if judged by the number built, about 1400. Also the plane only carried two pilots, a student pilot in the front with the pilot in the rear seat. Mostly used for flying school and the military.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these.
Enjoy your stamps and your flying. I have my feet on the ground for the next 10 days – I may finally get to list some more stock in my bidStart Store so you can fill a few gaps in your collection.