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Hello, yes back again and because while strolling through the Mong Kok stamp arcade this weekend I found some aviation stamps. This one I hope you enjoy seeing.

It was issued in 1990 as part of the New Zealand Heritage series recognising famous New Zealanders. Actually it was in the 5th issue of the series. I am surprised there were that many famous Kiwis. …..Only joking people.

Anyway this lady became the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s, internationally, by taking a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world. It was she who in 1936 made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.

Amazing person who you really will enjoy reading about. Some more trivia to whet your appetite:

She made two unsuccessful attempts to beat Amy Johnson’s  time to Australia. In April 1933 she hit two sandstorms before the engine failed, and wrecked the aircraft. She crash-landed near Karachi. On her return to London  the Castrol oil company bought her a second-hand Gipsy Moth for £240. She made another attempt in April 1934, but ran out of fuel at night on the outskirts of Rome.

In May 1934, she successfully flew solo from England to Australia in the Gipsy Moth. Her trip of 14 days and 22 hours beat the existing England-to-Australia record of English aviator Amy Johnson by over four days.  For this achievement and for subsequent record-breaking flights, she was awarded the Harmon Trophy three times from 1935 to 1937.

After her first Australia flight she bought a Percival Gull monoplane, G-ADPR, which was named Jean and is shown on the stamp. In 1935 she set a world record flying from England to Brazil in the Gull, for which she was presented the Order of the Southern Cross, the first person other than Royalty to be so honoured.  In 1936 she set another world record with a solo flight from England to New Zealand

Enjoy your flying and your stamps



Hello, been nearly two weeks since I wrote. Wow, that was a fast two weeks.

I found this and while it is not showing an aircraft it is aviation related. This was issued in 1984, November 9th to be exact. It was issued to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  It will be the 91st anniversary in just over a week, so timely to show it I think.

The RCAF traces its history to the Canadian Air Force which was formed in 1920. The Canadian Air Force was incorporated in 1923 and granted royal sanction in 1924 by King George V. I knew I could get my favourite stamp era in there somewhere! George V that is.

If I was to tell you that…. ” it is located on Vancouver Island and that  its Aurora crews provide surveillance of the Pacific Ocean and western and Arctic regions..”   what would I be talking about?    I will find some Canada stamps for the first correct answer. Just email me at and please include your mailing address.

Oh and well done to Steve from Australia who wrote to me – very briefly I might add – to tell me that the pictures in the last blog were from the new Cathay Pacific A350 XWB  MSN 032. I am trying to get on the delivery flight with some flight covers.  50 50 at the moment. but will keep trying.

Best wishes … Michael

Hello, something very different tonight, pictures I don’t think many will ever see so I thought I would share with you.

Anyone know what these pictures are showing.

CTR-Wing-Tank,LHS--Fwd-Spar  CTR-Wing-Tank-RHS-Aft-Spar-Pump-and-scavenge-system

The stamp is a clue, before you read on. Two clues in the picture in fact.


One clue was Airbus aircraft, the other is Finnair.

Ok last clue, Finnair is the first airline in Europe to operate the A350 XWB.

Any idea now?

Ok, they are pictures of the inside of the centre wing fuel tanks on an A350 XWB. The top picture shows the left hand side forward spar, and the bottom one shows the right hand side aft spar pump and scavenge system. Cool eh!!!!!

Aircraft and stamps. What a magic mix :-) .

Best wishes…Michael

PS  I bet the really clever readers will even be able to tell me which airlines’ A350 XWB this is from :-)


Hello,  ending the weekend with this lovely se-tenant pair.

From the 1981 Canadian Aircraft series.  Showing a Avro CF102 and a de-Havilland DH7 Dash Seven

Actually, the Avro CF102 also has the word Jetliner in its official name I believe.  Did you know that it was the second commercial jet aircraft, being beaten into the air by only 13 days by the de-Havilland Comet.

As for the Dash 7 – I do like the tail logo. Very sharp

Best wishes.. hope your weekend was as good as mine.   Michael


Hello, yes it has been a while since I wrote, but it is Friday evening here so I finally have some time to think about stamps and aircraft. As for aircraft I had two very comfortable flights recently. KL to London and return. Well done Malaysia Airlines. I do enjoy flying with you.

I may get withdrawal symptons though; I have no flights booked until December. I’ll cope I am sure. Well the bank account will be happy.

While in the UK a friend asked me to look at some stamps he had. From his father I think. Many years old. As might be expected nothing of value that will make him a millionaire.  But this I saw. Rather nice I think.

From the 1937 issue ( SG 258)  it shows an Armstrong Whitworth A W 27 Ensign 1.  This was a  British four-engine plane built during the 1930s for Imperial Airways.  It could seat 40 passengers and was designed for European and Asian routes, connecting Britain with seaplane flights to Australia and South Africa. It was not that successful a plane as first designed I belieive

Now why is this stamp of further historical interest?  Well apparently there were plans for Indian Trans-Continental Airways to use the plane, operating from Calcutta,  but this did not happen. So why did India issue a stamp of a plane it did not fly. Interesting. Anyone know?

And just one more piece of trivia for you. India reissued the stamp in 1940 with a larger King’s head. Why would they do that I wonder?

Have a great weekend, enjoy your flying and your stamps.    Michael



Hello, been a while since I wrote or even found some interesting aviation related stamps. I hope you enjoy seeing these. Quite memorable aircraft.   The stamps were issued in 1979, in the first of a series on Canadian aircraft. This issue was dedicated to flying boats. A nice se-tenant pair. They were issued in horizontal and vertical pairs throughout the sheet. SG 966 and SG 967

The Canadair CL-215, nicknamed the Scooper was the first model in a series of fire fighting flying boat amphibious aircraft built by Canadair and later Bombardier. It is a twin-engine, high-wing aircraft designed to operate well at low speeds and in gust-loading circumstances, as are found over forest fires. It is also able to land and take off from short, unpaved airstrips

The Curtiss HS 2L was a single-engined patrol flying boat built for the US Navy during World War I. Large numbers were built from 1917 to 1919, with the type being used to carry out anti-submarine patrols from bases in France from June 1918. It remained in use with the US Navy until 1928, and was also widely used as a civil passenger and utility aircraft

Best wishes.. Michael


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  ….


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  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


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

rhodesia-393-printing-error-on-tail-number  This is going up in my store soon.  watch out for it as I think it is quite an interesting addition to any collection.  Best wishes.. Michael


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