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Hello,  just a memory today. Nearly 10 years ago (25th October 2007)  the first commercial A380 took off from Singapore for Sydney.  I was on it and carried some of our cddstamps First Flight Covers. This one from the return flight, the first commercial A380 flight from Sydney to Singapore, and nicely signed by so many of the lovely Singapore Airlines Cabin Crew.   Those 10 years went so fast.   Sadly I will not be able to be in Singapore for the 10th anniversary party because I will be in London but I will be thinking of the event.

Enjoy your aerophilately and please enjoy seeing more A380 covers at

Have a great weekend    Michael




I hope you enjoy seeing this envelope and the following little bit of history associated with the flight and the aviator. An Australia Post prepaid envelope commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s solo flight across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia in his modified (as a sea plane) de Havilland dh60 Gipsy Moth bi-plane. His flight was the first to complete the east to west flight across the Tasman. Another amazing aviation achievement.

This from the Lord Howe Island Museum:  On 31 March 1931 Francis Chichester set out from the Northern tip of New Zealand to attempt the first solo crossing of the Tasman Sea from East to West by aeroplane, in his floatplane Madam Elijah ZK-AKK. He had to island-hop to Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island to fuel the aircraft. He landed at Lord Howe Island late on the afternoon of 1st April and moored his seaplane in the lagoon. Next morning he awoke to a gale, and the sight of his aircraft upside down. With the help of the island men and women he repaired the aircraft over a period of 9 weeks, and continued to Jervis Bay, south of Sydney on 10th June. This was quite a feat, when on the island at that time there were no motor vehicles, let alone experienced aircraft mechanics.

Perhaps what is even more interesting about his flight was the belief that he had seen a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). Such a term was not known back in 1931 but Chichester’s later account of his experience is of a UFO.   This from his book, “The Lonely Sea and the Sky”, recalling his flight after take-off from Lord How Island June 10th 1931

“Round the storm we flew into calm air under a weak lazy sun. I took out the sextant and got two shoots. It took me thirty minutes to work them out, for the engine kept back firing, and my attention wandered every time it did…”

“Suddenly, ahead and thirty degrees to the left, there were bright flashes in several places, like the dazzle of a heliograph. I saw a dull grey-white airship coming towards me. It seemed impossible, but I could have sworn that it was an airship, nosing towards me like an oblong pearl. Except for a cloud or two, there was nothing else in the sky.”

“I looked around, sometimes catching a flash or a glint, and turning again to look at the airship I found it had disappeared. I screwed up my eyes, unable to believe them, and twisted the seaplane this way and that, thinking that the airship must be hidden by a blind spot. Dazzling flashes continued in four or five different places, but I could not pick out any planes.”

“Then, out of some clouds to my right front, I saw another, or the same, airship advancing. I watched it intently, determined not to look away for a fraction of a second: I’d see what happened to this one, if I had to chase it. It drew steadily closer, until perhaps a mile away, when suddenly it vanished. Then it reappeared, close to where it had vanished: I watched with angry intentness. It drew closer, and I could see the dull gleam of light on its nose and back. It came on, but instead of increasing in size, it diminished as it approached. When quite near, it suddenly became its own ghost – one second I could see through it, and the next it had vanished. I decided that it could only be a diminutive cloud, perfectly shaped like an airship and then dissolving, but it was uncanny that it should exactly resume the same shape after it once vanished.”

“I turned towards the flashes, but those too had vanished. All this was many years before anyone spoke of flying saucers. Whatever it was I saw, it seems to have been very much like what people have since claimed to be flying saucers.”

Enjoy your aerophilately  Have a UFO free weekend 🙂    Michael



Hello, A cover tonight which commemorates an amazing aviation achievement.

In 1920, the Italian aviators Arturo Ferrarin and Guido Masiero made a multi-stop, 11,000-mile flight from Rome to Toyko in a pair of Ansaldo SVA 9 planes – a WWI bi-plane. They had overcome various difficulties and they had been the only two out of 11 pilots that had begun the journey to complete it. They had left their planes behind in Japan and returned to Italy by ship.

The Italian aviator Pinedo proposed to explore the idea that a seaplane would have been a better choice for the trip by making a flight from Rome to Australia and Tokyo and then back to Rome. A journey over three times as long as the 1920 trip. For his flight he chose a SIAI S.16ter flying boat which he named Gennariello. This was a single engine seaplane designed by the Italian company Societa Idrovolanti Alta Italia (SIAI)  capable of carrying 5 passengers.

On 21 April 1925, Pinedo and his mechanic, Ernesto Campanelli, departed Rome aboard Gennariello. They made 26 stops before arriving in Melbourne Australia on 10th June where they stayed for 36 days before a flying back to Rome.

This cover commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Pinedo’s flight to Melbourne. If this is something you would like to add to your aerophilatelic collection you might enjoy seeing it in our cddstamps online store. (still available as I write this). The reverse is backstamped on arrival in Fiumicino, Rome from the Melbourne – Rome return flight.

Enjoy your aerophilately and the incredible history of some early aviators.




Hello, two lovely stamps today and with some very interesting history around the aircraft and the Air Services they provided for the Isle of Man and other parts of the UK starting back in the 1930s.

The 11p value, SG 267 shows a de Havillland DH 84 operated by Railway Air Services.  The 13p, SG 268 shows a DH 86A (also known as the de Havilland Express) which operated mail service for Blackpool and West Coast Air Services.  The DH86A was a variant of the DH 86, a four engine passenger aircraft manufactured between 1934 and 1937. When the aircraft first entered service in 1934 it was built as a single pilot aircraft but later converted to a two pilot aircraft,  the DH 86A – Qantas would not accept a single pilot aircraft because they were concerned about the anticipated pilot fatigue issues over long journeys –  so many jokes there but I will be serious and say how correct they were of course.  Anyway, the first single pilot aircraft was built with a new engine made by de Havilland,  the 200hp Gipsy Six, and at the time the aircraft was the fastest British built passenger aircraft operating anywhere in the world.

There is so much interesting history around the planes and air services achievements associated with these two stamps. If you want to read more here are two links. Both highly recommended reading.  For Blackpool and West Coast Air Services you will be absorbed reading this link

To see more stamps and covers – a collection in its own right I should add – have a look at this link

Have a great weekend.  Michael


This weekend in the UK the Autumn Stampex Exhibition is being held in London.  Sadly I am not there. Timing didn’t work out for me. I will be in the UK in three weeks, very poor planning on my part.  However, I do hope to get a set or two or more of these. To be issued at the Exhibition from Post and Go machines there, three machines I believe.

Briefly, they show, clockwise from top left, UK aerial mail from Windsor Castle 1911, then the Military Mail flight 1919, Domestic Airmail 1934, Datapost service 1980, Flying boat airmail 1937, and  International airmail 1933.  Rather nice set I think.

I would expect most readers to be familiar with all of these except maybe one, the Datapost service. Datapost was introduced as an express mail service for guaranteed next day delivery in any part of the UK and involved transporting mail from airports all over the country. The aircraft shown on the stamp is an Embraer Bandeirante which was operated by Air Ecosse, a Scottish Airline at the time. The aircraft was actually a EMB 110P1 a quick change civil cargo / passenger aircraft with a rear cargo door.  There were about 30 versions of the plane I might add.

Anyone know why the 1980 date on the stamps?   Surely I am being very dumb here because I thought Datapost was introduced earlier than 1980.

And Air Ecosse, long since a forgotten airline, closing down in the mid 1980s I think.

have a great weekend   Michael        and just so I know you know, click this link     you might enjoy seeing some First Flight Covers, not too many but nice one I think.








Hello, welcome to the weekend. I was in Manila again yesterday and fortunately found time to visit the Central Post Office and the Philatelic room. So many lovely stamps to see. Perhaps you will enjoy seeing this block with plate corner.  Just saw some and thought be nice to get a few more

Have a great weekend

Michael   and …….for the first order received at cddstamps this weekend for any aerophilatelic material – go to this link   for some material or search by aircraft  or aviation for other listings  and you will get this block as a gift.   No spend limit to get this gift and free postage over $25 spend. Treat yourself this weekend 🙂


Hello, another cover from the Philippines I hope you enjoy seeing this one.

I was in Manila a few weeks ago and walking out of the Central Post Office I saw a small desk behind which was a guy selling “old” covers. I found this.

Nothing too special but I have a love of the old Viscount aircraft so thought it would be a nice addition to my collection.

As you can see it was created for the inaugural Viscount flight by Philippine Airlines from Manila to Cebu in 1958. I do not know anything about the flight or the route at the time but it was the introduction of the Viscount that saw PAL enter the turbo prop age in 1958 when they acquired 4 Viscounts.

The 20c Air Mail stamp – SG 781 – shows Lt Jose Gozar. He became well known because of his heroics in 1941 when Japanese bombers were flying over the Zablan airfield in Manila. With his guns jammed he attempted to ram the Japanese fighters and it was reported that he forced the Japanese planes to fly away without further attacks on the airfield. What makes it more daring is that he was flying an obsolete Boeing P-26 “peashooter”, (the plane shown on the stamp) a 1932 monoplane, which was pretty much past its use by date by then I expect. Gozar was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery.

Enjoy your aviation and aerophilately Michael



Hello, tonight a cover from 70 years ago, I hope you enjoy seeing this.

It was mailed from a place (Candon)  not that far down the coast to where I now live. It has one of the three Airmail stamps for the Republic of The Philippines issued in 1947. The other two were  6c and 40c  values.  This was one of the then new airmail stamps after the Philippine independence from the USA.  The previous Airmail issue was  for the Commonwealth of the Philippines under US administration and was issued in 1941.

Anyway this is SG 643 / Scott C66 and in lovely condition considering it is now 70 years old.

Enjoy your aerophilately.  Michael   ( PS  hope you enjoy the web site and my online store if you are looking to fill a few gaps in your collection)



Hello, welcome to Friday. Time for some aviation and stamps.  I found this today and thought you might enjoy seeing it.   It is SG 117 from the 1967 Anniversary of the Pacific War issue from Papua New Guinea. It shows a  Curtiss P40K Kittyhawk of the Royal Australian Air Force.   As an aside, the stamp was issued 50 years ago and basically has no value, catalogued at 20p MUH and 10p Used.   Amazing really but just goes to show, no investment by those who collected back then expecting a value increase.  Anyway I ramble…….

The aircraft  – it was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter  that first flew in 1938 and was used by most Allied powers during World War II. I remained in service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter.   It made me think of a Spitfire…..      perhaps I was just thinking of them because they were dues to fly some airshows in the UK this month but, along with a Lancaster and some other Battle of Britain fighter planes, have been grounded with engine problems.

Have a great philatelic weekend,  I hope you are not grounded LOL  🙂  and, I just have to tell you, if you are looking to fill some gaps in your stamp collection please visit my online store. I know there are hundreds and hundreds of online shops these days but I think cddstamps offers something different in quality, price and service. Try us just once please 🙂   How else am I going to fund my flying and aerophilately 🙂  just joking….   visit us here   or copy this link to your browser     or read more at our website 

Best wishes   Michael


Hello, Friday night here and time for a stamp or two. These as you can see from The Falkland Islands. Issued in 1978  to commemorate the 26th Anniversary of the first direct flight  from Southampton in England, to Port Stanley.

The aircraft, as shown on the stamps, was a Short Hythe Flying Boat tail number G-AGJN  named Hudson from Aquila Airways.  It made the journey, departing from Southampton on 21st April and arriving in Port Stanley on 28th April, flying via Lisbon, Sal – Cape Verde Is, Natal – Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo.  The return flight departed on 2nd May arriving back on the 8th following the same route and stops. The total flying time was 48 hours 15 minutes I have read.  The flights carried airmail in both the directions.

There is so much to read about these early flights and the airlines that flew flying boats. I will leave you with one reference you might enjoy.  This is not too long and in my view recommended reading,%20Artop%20and%20TEAL.pdf

Enjoy your aerophilately. Have a great weekend           Michael


PS I deliberately deleted the address with photoshop; the original cover is still in pristine condition 🙂