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Hello, I received this is the mail a week ago but had no time to write and show it. Hope you like it. Limited edition of 100 flown by the 32 Royal Squadron RAF and signed by the Group Captain Andy Beacon, the Station Commander at Northolt.

Issued, as you can see, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF at Northolt although I believe the airport was opened in 1915 and that actually pre-dates the RAF by 3 years. Originally established for the Royal Flying Corps, Northolt has the longest history of continuous use of any RAF airfield. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, the station was the first to take delivery of the Hawker Hurricane. The station played a key role during the Battle of Britain, when fighters from several of its units, engaged enemy aircraft as part of the defence of London. It became the first base to have squadrons operating Supermarine Spitfire aircraft within German airspace.

I lived and worked not too far from that airport many years ago so have fond memories of the planes I saw there.

From a philatelic point of view, and perhaps I am being pedantic here, the stamp was a 2014 issue!

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Best wishes .. Michael


Hello, how was your Easter weekend?  It went so fast and gave me some time to sort stamps and list more to my bidStart Store. Some 400 plus new listings in fact and a few aircraft stamps as well. All listed here. Check New Zealand for my latest listings and type aircraft in the search for field to find aviation related stamps.

The above found while sorting some material. Rather nice. From the 1976 issue to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of East African Airways. Unusual to see triangular stamps for aviation theme I think. Click image to enlarge.

The airline was jointly run by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It was set up on 1 January 1946, starting operations the same year. The airline was headquartered in the Narobi in Kenya but was dissolved in 1977 amid deteriorated relations among the three countries.



Hello, the weekend is here. Very busy as always and feeling lazy but decided I should show another block of those Philippine aircraft stamps as I think they are worth showing. A little bit of trivia though. You will see the DC4 in the top right stamp. Did you know there were 1245 made between 1942 and 1947.  pretty good rate of production I think.

Nothing else to add really. Like I say, am feeling lazy and in fact authored out as I wrote the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association (IPDA) Newsletter for April today.

time to go cook some dinner and perhaps have a glass of shiraz :-)

Have a great weekend  …. Michael


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.



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