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Hello, I know, I know, I have not written for ages..  two weeks I think ..    so busy and so little time for stamps. No complaints I might add.  lots of flying, though just not aerophilatelic related.

Hope you like this block of 4. Part of the 1986 issue  to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Philippine Airlines. Having just flown them 4 times in 3 days I have to say what a good airline they are these days. Must remember to take some covers next time perhaps. Flew one of their new A330-300s last night,  Very nice and the service, food and wine was excellent!  Business Class of course :-)

Best wishes to all. Enjoy your aerophilately


Hello,   tonight this stunning issue from Hong Kong Post. I really like these. Hope you do. Not aviation but close maybe !!  click image to enlarge for better view.
The issue is titled  “Astronomical Phenomena”.   Issued March 17th and showing seven astronomical phenomena to introduce us to the fascinating world of astronomy.
$1.70  Solar Eclipse
When the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth and blocks the Sun, a solar eclipse occurs. There are three types of solar eclipses: total solar eclipse, partial solar eclipse and annular solar eclipse. When a total solar eclipse occurs, in which the Sun is completely blocked by the Moon, the surrounding environment on the ground suddenly turns dark. This dramatic change is spectacular.
$2.20  Meteor Shower
When the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet, its meteoroids will enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Heated by the atmosphere, the meteoroids will become visible as meteors. A meteor shower is an event in which an unusually large number of meteors can be seen streaming from a certain point in the sky known as the “radiant”. Meteors from most meteor showers are fragments left over by comets in space.
$2.90  Comet
A comet is a celestial body that travels between the outer and the inner parts of the solar system. When it approaches the Sun, the temperature increases and, affected additionally by solar radiation and charged particles, the dust and rocks of the comet will be carried away or ionised, and separated from the comet’s surface. A comet normally shows two tails, one composed of dust and the other of ionised gas.
$3.10  Saturn’s Ring Tilt Variation
The tilting angle of Saturn’s ring does not change with respect to Saturn itself. However, if observed from the Earth, we will see that the tilting angle of Saturn’s ring appears to change. It is because the orbital period of the Earth is one year, while that of Saturn is about 30 years. When the Earth revolves once around the Sun, the relative position of Saturn also changes a little bit.
$3.70  Sunspot
Sunspots are small black spots on the surface of the Sun which are related to the magnetic activity of the Sun. A large group of sunspots may appear during a peak in solar activity. Sunspots are in fact not dark. They only appear dark as their brightness is lower than the normal surface of the Sun. Sunspots mostly concentrate around the solar equator and can last for hours or months.
$5  Moon-Planet Conjunction
The orbit of the Moon and the orbit of the Earth and other planets lie nearly in the same plane. So when we observe from the Earth, the Moon is sometimes seen to be very close to other planets. We call it a conjunction when the Moon and a planet are at an apparent closest approach. A Moon-planet conjunction may form an interesting pattern such as the “smiley face” in the stamp.
Interesting,  I hope you agree. Enjoy your stamps. Thanks to Hong Kong Post for the information. Well done.


Hello, one more from New Zealand tonight. I was looking for some more aviation related stamps but couldn’t find any in my stock.  hmmmm! something I am short of it seems.

Anyway this pre-printed envelope was to commemorate the first airmail flight in 1958 on the Christchurch to Auckland route.

The service was operated by a  NZNAC Turbo-prop Vickers Viscount ZK-BRD ‘City of Wellington’ leaving Christchurch at 2.15pm for Auckland and arriving back at 6.45pm. Some 3000 airmail items were carried on the flight I believe.

Hope you enjoy seeing this. It brings back found memories to me as I worked with this aircraft type at many airports in the UK, from Sumburgh to Heathrow.  Ah nostalgia isn’t what it used to be :-)

Enjoy your flying  and your aviation on stamps



Hello, back again. Sorry not writing much these days. Just so little time for writing. Am listing  plenty of new material in my bidStart Store, especially New Zealand, including the above and lots more from the 1950s and 1960s.

The above was issued in 1968  as part of a set to commemorate  the New Zealand Armed Forces. Two awesome aircraft are shown on the stamp. The Canberra I saw fly once at an airshow. As I say, awesome aircraft.

Some trivia for you. In case you didn’t know :-)  The Canberra was a British (of course !!!  hahaha )  first-generation jet powered bomber manufactured in the 1950s. It  could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber at the time  and it set world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957.   Bet you didn’t know that :-)

And, for the aviation enthusiast, the Temora Aviation Museum in Australia, has a former RAF Canberra.  The aircraft is fully restored to airworthiness and painted to represent the Canberras flown by No 2 Squadron RAAF during the Vietnam war. It is Australia’s only airworthy Canberra and the one I saw fly.

Have a great week. Send me your aviation stamps if you want me to write about some aiarcarft and aviation related topic you enjoy on stamps



Hello,  Hope you enjoy seeing this Miniature Sheet. From the 1987 issue to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Who can name the planes? and the name of the mountain?

First correct answer to will receive – if they send me their postal mailing address – 20  New Zealand stamps.

Best wishes… and you.. yes, you…  why don’t you write to me anymore !!!!!!!!!!!!  –  has my 4 ringer banished me :)



Hello, been a while since I wrote. Sorry for being absent. So much happening and wish it were more philatelic. Such is life.

Anyway I thought I would share this with you if you have not seen it. Might be an opportunity to add something interesting to your aerophilatelic collection. It will be in mine (I hope), as my order already placed. I have an affiliation to Northolt as I lived nearby in my younger days and used to pass the airfield on a regular basis.

RAF Northolt – 100 years of Aviation History
One hundred years of service (95 as a military flying station), means that RAF Northolt, based in South Ruislip is a reflection of aviation history. Northolt pre-dates the establishment of the Royal Air Force by almost three years, having opened in May 1915. It has the longest history of continuous use of any RAF airfield. More recently it has become a multipurpose Tri-service base serving the growing needs of a modern Armed Forces.
To mark this historic centenary the British Forces Philatelic Bureau (site worth a visit I might add)  in conjunction with RAF Northolt, has produced a special commemorative cover.  The cover image uses the spoke from the station badge to depict the various units and activities that are now part of the base. This issue will include a limited edition of 500 flown covers, some of which will be signed by the Station Commander and Officer Commanding Operations Wing.
The covers may be purchased from the BFPS online shop  at
Trivia, did you know that in 1952 a total of 50,000 air movements were recorded, making the Northolt the busiest airfield in Europe? or, one of my favourites, that a Pan Am 707 landed there in 1960  – got the wrong airport  hahahah.
Good luck.  Michael

Hello and welcome to Friday. Just a short message. Hope you like the new Hong Kong stamps. Bit corny but it is Valentines day tomorrow. The theme Hong Kong Post use is “Heartwarming”, showing 6 different heart-shaped designs. You have to admire their creativity on the one with bread and fried egg! On top of the conventional four-colour lithography printing, an embossing effect is also employed to (as HK Post say) charmingly underline the “Heart” theme.

In addition, to address the changing needs of customers, Hong Kong Post launches a newly designed mini-pane with different sized, soft colour toned, heart motifs to echo the stamp design. I have not seen this yet but hope to find one in time.

I will be on a plane in the morning ( that is as close as I can get to something aviation related) and will not have internet access for 9 days. How will I cope I am wondering.

Also, next week is Chinese New Year so my best wishes to all and Happy New Year, Gong Hei Fat Choi, “May you have much joy and wealth!” and of course enjoyment of your philatelic / aerophilatelic  interests.



no one needs another pen, do they? of course they don’t, but a cddstamps pen now that is something special :-) any stamp order from my Bidstart Store at and you get one for free. :-) – valid until 14th February. My Valentines gift to you all :-) Cannot afford roses or free stamps :-) great selection of Australia, NZ, Canada, Rhodesia’s Great Britain, Fiji, and a few more British Commonwealth . Nice quality nice prices and fast service.

for airmail and aircraft related issues just type in search field Air and you will find related issues. Hope you find something to fill a gap or two in your collection

Best wishes Michael


Hi, today I decided it was time to have my first visit of the year to the Mong Kok stamp arcade here in Kowloon. And, I found this cover. I have not seen this one before. Hope you enjoy seeing it. Click image to enlarge then back arrow to return here.

As you can see it was issued in May 1999 to commemorate the opening of the second runway here at Hong Kong International Airport.

Will I be around to see another issue for the proposed third runway. I certainly hope so!

Best wishes.. Michael


Hello, about time I showed an aviation cover. Found this tonight and thought you might enjoy seeing it. Actually nothing special except it has a GVI stamp on it although it was mailed for QE II Coronation. Mailed for the return flight (which originally left the London on June 2nd I think).  Double click image to see larger image then click back arrow to return here.

Hope everyone well. I am going to have a philatelic weekend I think. Been a busy week and little time for stamps.

Have a great weekend…. Michael


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