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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


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 –

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 with mailing address please….. I do not keep mailing addresses

Enjoy your flying, and maybe your stamps.

Michael ….


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, 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.

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Visit michaelatcddstamps – if you would like to fill a few gaps in your stamp collection at a competitive price.
michaelatcddstamps here on the Stanley Gibbons MarketPlace, has a nice range of material from Great Britain, Guernsey, IOM, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, Papa New Guinea, the Rhodesia’s and Nyasaland.

All orders, there is no minimum order value, received during June will receive a free pair of quality tweezers. You don’t need a new pair? You will like these and anyway it is always worth having a spare pair I find.

I am a Director of the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association (IPDA) and abide by their code of ethics.

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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



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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.


czek cover planes

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Saturday night. finally on the computer. Moved apartment over past two weeks.  What an ordeal.  Actually the physical move was easy. From tower 10 to tower 9. The technology move has been somewhat challenging. But finally I have internet and most of my computer systems set up so here is a cover I picked up today in the Mong Kok stamp arcade. Finally treated myself to a trip outside.  One of three covers in the set actually. Hope you like the stamps.

They are from the 1967 Czech aircraft issue. The 80h stamp shows a Letov L-200 Morava, and the 1k stamp shows a Letov Z-37 Crop sprayer.

Now how many of you have ever heard of an Letov? Actually I hadn’t either.  In fact I am wondering why Letov when in aviation circles the L-200 is known at the Let L-200 Morava –  it is a two-engine touring and light passenger aircraft , designed and produced by Let Kunovice. in the Czech Republic. Apparently  this plane is very similar to the Beachcraft Baron – name rings a bell!!

The history behind these planes and the guys involved ( too long Czech names for me to even being to recite) is fascinating.

Enjoy your weekend, your flying and your aerophilately

Michael ..



Hello, wow it has been a month since I last wrote. Sorry about that. Yes been busy, actually very busy. Won’t bore you with details, just a few words about this cover and the pictures. (click images to enlarge)

A friend of mine is married to a Cathay Pilot ( the one holding the covers in the picture below) and over drinks one night some months ago we got talking about the new 777s Cathay was getting and he mentioned he would be on a delivery flight. So, short story,  I designed this cover, he flew it and last night I meet the flight on arrival in Kong Kong.

Pictures tell the rest I  think. I especially like the one of the arrivals board. You won’t see a flight arriving from Everett every day will you. That is Paine Field where Boeing handed over this plane, Cathay’s 51 777-300ER. On the reverse I have some crew signatures and the signature of the CEO Ivan Chu.

Pretty special cover I think. Only 10 flown, and it can never be repeated, you only have one 51st delivery. How can I top this? well am planning for Cathay’s A350 first aircraft in early 2016.

Have a great weekend  … Michael

PS  Thanks to those or you who have written asking how I am am and why not been writing. and special thanks to Thomas.




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