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March madness mini-sale moving Montserrat Malta ‚Ķ..starting Monday 18th, 20% off. Maybe motivate you to find some missing stamps; make up a mix of mint and used. maybe! Michael ūüôā

How about these for your aviation collection РSG 922 Р925  issued in 1993 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Airforce.    Awesome aircraft!




Hello,   I am back.  Been travelling during the past 4 weeks so had little time to write.  And, I know I am a few days late with this but I hope you enjoy the stamp anyway.

The first Concorde prototype took off from Toulouse in the south of France 50 years ago on March 2, 1969.  Hard to believe as far as I am concerned, yes 50 years ago.

Did you know only 20 were built and now 17 can be found in various places, museums or storage, in the UK, Europe, the USA and one in Barbados, I think.

Last year I visited the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton airfield in the UK.  While the museum is devoted to the history of British naval aviation it does have the second Concorde to fly and the first British built example.  Nice to see it and walk around it again.

Anyway, this stamp is from North Korea as I guess you can see and it shows the Air France Concorde and a Wibault 283 Trimotor.  I should do more research to find why this aircraft was used, or I am just missing the obvious. This was also an Air France plane first flown in 1934. but I cannot see the relationship with the Concorde.  Maybe someone will enlighten me, or there isn’t one!

Enjoy your flying and your aerophilately



Tonights stamp is rather interesting for a few reasons I think.  It was issued in 1969, one of a set of two, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bahamas Airmail Services.

It shows a Sikorsky S-38 Flying Boat.¬† This was an American twin engine sesquiplane amphibious aircraft.¬† What does that mean.¬† Sesquiplane is a common variation on the biplane where one wing (usually the lower) has not more than half the surface area of the other. The name means “one-and-a-half wings.”¬†¬†¬† Interesting to see I think and of course amphibious ¬†means¬† it can¬† take off and land on both land and water.

The plane was sometimes called the Explorer’s Air Yacht.  It was flown successfully by Pan American and the US Army.  Howard Hughes owned one and Charles Lindbergh surveyed South America and Pacific Ocean routes for Pan Am in one.

If readers are interested there is a very nice single frame exhibit here on this issue. ¬†Titled¬† ‚ÄúWings over the Bahamas‚ÄĚ ¬†The exhibit shows the archival proof material from the Format International Security Printers Ltd., London that printed the two stamps for the Bahamas Post Office.

Have a great weekend    Michael


Happy New Year, I hope it is a brilliant year for you. Happy and healthy and always rewarding.

I just saw this stamp while sorting through some Bahamas stock. I don’t think it needs me to say anymore. It says it all, and with an aviation theme, albeit a plane from many years ago – it is a BAC 111.

I flew a lot on these back in the UK in the 1970’s aaaarrrrgghh…. reminiscing those fun days . ūüôā

see you during the year I hope      Michael


Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you all have a wonderful festive season, lots of time for philately and perhaps my Christmas quiz about this stamp.

It is a lovely stamp in my view and shows an interesting aircraft. Not a model you may be familiar with. It is an Avro Type 688 Tudor.  It was a British piston engine plane from the 1940s. It was Britain’s first pressurized aircraft and had a very distinctive tailwheel undercarriage as you can see in the photograph. This particular aircraft on the Bahamas stamp of 1948 to commemorate the Tercentenary of Settlement of the island of Eleuthera is known as a Tudor Type IV.

The Tudor IV received its Certificate of Airworthiness on 18th July 1947. The first aircraft received by BSAA (British South American Airways later merged into BOAC) ) was G-AHNK ‚Äú Star Lion‚ÄĚ It flew flights to Havana via Lisbon, the Azores, Bermuda and Nassau from October 31st 1947. ¬†I can only assume that because of the Nassau stopover that is why the aircraft was used on this stamp.¬†¬† There is another option and that concerns that sad loss of two of these aircraft in the region in 1948 and the again in early 1949.

If anyone knows more I would be pleased to hear from you at

Now for the quiz.  It is Christmas so I might find a few prizes if I get the correct answers with your mailing address (no address means I cannot mail you a prize if you get the correct answers)  to the following:

  • BSAA aircraft were (mostly I believe) named Star ‚Äúsomething‚ÄĚ why was the word Star used in the aircraft name?
  • In what year did this plane become a BOAC aircraft?
  • what is the commonly used name of the area in which the two aircraft were lost in 1948 and 1949?

Thanks for being a reader of cddstamps during 2018. I look forward to showing more stamps and writing more in 2019.   Best wishes          Michael


This cover is from a 1933 Madrid to Manila flight. it is the best I have to show to accompany the following picture and text.


I was recently in Aparri, northern Luzon in the Philippines. I specifically went there to see if I could find any locations related to the first flights to the Philippines by the early Spanish aviators. ¬†Finding something in Aparri, apart from Jollibee that is ūüôā , is like finding a needle in a haystack, but luck was with me because my very quick eyed wife spotted this as we drove along a small and crowded road. The plaque commemorates the first flight to land in the Philippines, in Aparri, in 1926. The pilot was Joaquin Loriga who completed the first long-distance flight from Madrid to Manila¬†of over eleven thousand miles.


The trip, which took 128 flight hours, hopped through North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Macao, Aparri¬† and then finally on to Manila¬†. ¬†Three biplanes with pilots and engineers started the journey but inly Loriga’s plane was the only one that completed the flight.

A little background: In 1924, Loriga proposed the idea of an excursion from Spain to the Philippines. At that time no direct air connection existed between Europe and the Far East, even when France and UK were studying that possibility, considering their conquests in the area.

The motivation to sponsor the trip was the connection between the old Spanish colony and Spain, with current commercial links and a considerable Spanish population in the capital, together with a memory of the old colonial times as more beneficial than the contemporary American occupation.

Three Breget XIX left Madrid on 5 April 1926, but only one plane made it to Manila. The other two planes were forced to land and were abandoned in the North African desert and on the coast of China.


Loriga, together with the engineer Eduardo Ganzalez-Gallarza, (also named on the plaque) continued flying in the last biplane.

The two landed in Aparri on 11 May at 2:20 in the afternoon; a multitude of Filipinos, whom the pilots described as frantic with enthusiasm, gathered around them and carried the Spaniards on their shoulders.

The pilots later wrote: “We must confess our emotions on stepping on that land, our temples pulsated violently, our hearts beat madly and childish tears flowed from our eyes‚ÄĚ

The final stage of their flight came in the morning of 13 May. Loriga and Gallarza said farewell to the officials and residents of Aparri, dropping small Spanish flags over Tuguegarao, Iligan and Echague along the way as a salute to them. They were escorted by 12 airplanes of the United States Army as they were halfway to Manila where they landed at 11:20 that morning.

Enjoy your philately and aviation  Michael


Hello, something very nice I think. Anyone know what these two stamps are or the source? Sorry, going into my collection. ūüôā Michael¬†


Hello, yes it has been ages since I wrote.  Just no time for writing these days but I came across this while listing more Kenya Uganda Tanzania stock in the online store.

This is one of a set of 4 celebrating East African Airways 21st Anniversary, issued in 1967.  It shows a Dragon Rapide. A  wonderful little plane, perhaps well known for many reasons but one being it was made largely of plywood.   I won’t bore you here with details about the plane but I recommend reading about it.  You will enjoy it.

If you are looking to add to your aviation collection I hope you have time to enjoy some of the stamps we have in our store at cddstamps   just type aircraft, or aviation in the search store box.

Best wishes,  Enjoy  Michael


Hello,  a short post before we fly to London for a quick holiday and to visit the London Stampex 2018 Show.

I thought this  Miniature Sheet from Montserrat was worth showing. Issued in 1993 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the RAF.  I cannot remember, maybe I have shown this before. I chose it as it was just there on my desk and it got me thinking; how long did it take to fly anywhere  in these aircraft?  The trip to London from Manila these days is about 14 1/2 hours.  Back in the 1940s I am guessing it would have been 40 plus hours,  and back in the 1920s much longer  maybe a reader will know.  I am guessing 8 days, with nowhere near the comfort we will be enjoying on one of Philippines Airlines Boeing 777s.

Enjoy your stamps and flying.  see you later in September.   Michael


Hello, just this picture for you to enjoy seeing, I hope.

Am on this in a few days, to Sydney. Back here on 28th.

First email to cddstamps with mailing address correctly naming this model will win a few aviation stamps. I will find something nice when I get back

Enjoy your philately and flying    Michael