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454-rhodesia-VP_WAS-plane

Hello,  this stamp bring back sad memories but none the less I am showing it because it is an aviation related stamp and history is history after all.  Issued in 1970, one of a set of 4 to commemorate the Inauguration of the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.  It is hard to believe that when it was issued, showing the Viscount, named “Hunyani”, tail  VP-WAS,  the plane would have such a sad ending 8 years later.

Its last flight was Air Rhodesia flight 825 in September 1978, operating a scheduled passenger flight from Victoria Falls to the capital Salisbury. On the last leg from Kariba it suffered a hit on its starboard wing from a surface to air missile fired by the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA).  The plane crash landed in a field. Of the 52 passengers and 4 crew, 38 died in the crash. It was reported that 10 more passengers were shot by the guerillas. 8 passengers survived by hiding in the bush.

ZIPRA leader Joshua Nkomo publicly claimed responsibility for shooting down the plane in an interview with the BBC’s Today programme the day following the shooting down of the plane, saying the aircraft had been used for military purposes. And for the history record, this was the first of two Air Rhodesia civilian Viscount aircraft his guerillas shot down, the second was in the following February.

There is history to our stamps, sometimes not so pleasant, but it is there none the less.

Michael  cddstamps.com

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hong-kong-charter-1949

Hello, one more Sydney Hong Kong cover. This from 1949 and for the survey flight in March before the opening of the commercial route in June. The aircraft was a Skymaster,  a Douglas DC4,  tail VH-BPA.

However, having written that I should say I have read conflicting information because according to the DC4 Association of South Africa, this aircraft was registered after purchase by Qantas Empire Airways in February 1949 as VH-EBL, and named “Hong Kong Trader”

The Association says the Survey flight operated on 3rd March  Sydney Darwin Labuan Hong Kong.  As you can see this cover is dated 15th March  and clearly backstamped 17th March.

The Australia Air Mail catalogue quotes the pilot as Captain E C Sims and that the flight flew via Manila and reached Hong Kong on 17th March after leaving Sydney on 15th March.   The Associate quotes the pilot as being Captain E Simms.  I wonder which is correct spelling and why the Association has a 3rd March date?  Perhaps a reader will know.

One final piece of trivia, this aircraft, I believe, had the distinction of being owned and operated by all four Australian airlines. Trans Australia Airlines, British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines, Qantas Empire Airways, and Ansett ANA.

Enjoy your aerophilately and your flying   Michael     cddstamps.com   cddstamps@gmail.com

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A few new stamps, as in new issue, released in October 2017.. but only picked up by me when I was in Sydney recently.

Thought you might enjoy seeing these. Some nostaglia with the aircraft types shown.

The stamps were issued to show the Island’s civil aviation history and each stamp represents a “chapter” of this history from 1939 to the 1970s.

Best wishes Michael

syd-hkg-1949-flt-cover

I hope you enjoy seeing this first flight cover.  Flown on the inaugural Qantas Empire Airways (QEA)  flight from Sydney to Hong Kong on 26 June 1949. The aircraft used was a Douglas DC-4 Skymaster, Tail number VH-EBM, named Pacific Trader.  The total flight time was 23 hours, 45 minutes. The cover is signed by Captain J M Hampshire. The flight arrived Hong Kong via Labuan (now a federal territory of Malaysia) on 27th June.

The blue/grey vignette was produced for the flight by QEA. The QEA logo was printed on the reverse, this envelope being QEA company stationery.

A little bit of trivia: In 1938, the Douglas Aircraft Co. decided to produce a four-engine transport about twice the size of the DC-3. It developed the single DC-4E to carry 42 passengers by day or 30 by night. The DC-4E had complete sleeping accommodations, including a private bridal room.

It proved too expensive to maintain, so airlines agreed to suspend development in favor of the less complex DC-4, which was not put into commercial service until 1946. Its military derivative was the C-54 ”Skymaster” transport, ordered by the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942.  After World War II, commercial airlines placed more than 300 civilian DC-4 transports into service. Airlines to fly the DC4 included United, Pan Am,  Northwest, KLM, SAS, Swissair, Air France, Sabena, Iberia and SAA as well as QEA.

Douglas built 1,241 of the DC-4s and its military counterparts.

Enjoy your aerophilately and your flying.   Michael  cddstamps.com

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CX-747

Hello, I read a piece on Singapore Airlines aircraft,  notably the 747,  on stamps so thought I would show this.

A bit of nostalgia with these 747s.  Nice to see them on stamps and a lovely reminder of the plane – SQ operated their last commercial 747 flight SIN – HKG – SIN  – as far as I know – on 6 April 2012, seems so many years ago.

One of my favourites is this Cathay 747 on the 1984 Aviation in Hong Kong cover, shown below. The plane is shown landing at Kai Tak.

Enjoy your aerophilately

Michael  cddstamps.com      PS  if you haven’t got this cover or these stamps why not look in the cddstamps online  here    or just visit the store here and browse or search using in the Search Keyword box, using either SG or Scott catalogue numbers for the stamps you need to fill a few gaps in your collection.

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csa-plane

I hope you enjoy this. I was visiting my daughter in Australia and she surprised me with a flea market packet she found in Bucharest. How thoughtful. 40 stamps in the packet and this was one of them.

This was issued in 1986 to commemorate the the 50th Anniversary of Prague to Moscow air services.

On the ground is an Airspeed AS 6 Envoy II – this was a British light, twin-engined aircraft designed and built by Airspeed Ltd. in the 1930s at Portsmouth Aerodrome, Hampshire. This plane has an interesting history and I think is worth reading about. A bit of trivia, it was basically made of wood! with fabric covered control surfaces. Why on this stamp you might ask…… simple answer, CSA ordered 4 in 1937.

The other plane is an Ilyushin II-86. Again an interesting history to this Russian plane. It was the USSR’s first wide-body and the world’s second four-engined wide-body aircraft. It was designed and tested by the Ilyushin design bureau in the 1970s. Showing this plane interests me because I can find no record of an Ilyushin 86 being in the CSA fleet. They had Ilyushin -12, -18 and -62 models I believe. Obviously I am missing something. Anyone know what?

Enjoy your aerophilately Michael

50-years-of-jet-travel-MS

Hello, A bit of nostalgia tonight. I actually had no plans to write but while sorting a box I found this, and just thought you might enjoy seeing it. The Miniature Sheet,  SG2289, was issued with the 2002 “50 Years of Jet Travel” commemorative issue.  I also found the presentation pack  and read with quiet reserve the cover details. Of course I am totally biased, I know that, said with a smile, and some of my good friends did work with BOAC but we really only think of BEA as THE airline back in those days :-)…. and yes I do know that it was BOAC who flew the first commercial passenger jet, the Comet of course, in 1952.

Stamps are so much fun and so educational, even if the printers at the time had their own bias 🙂 LOL

Am flying tomorrow so will be away for a week. Enjoy your aerophilately

Michael cddstamps.com

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overstarndHello, I do hope you enjoy seeing and reading about this aircraft.

This is one of the stamps from the miniature sheet I showed last night. Quite an amazing aircraft.  It has the tail number K4546 and can be traced to be one of the P.75 series that was delivered between October 1935 and July 1936 and built at the Boulton and Paul plant at Mousehold, Norwich in Norfolk England.  It was the last of the twin engine biplane medium bombers of the Royal Airforce.

If you look at the stamp carefully you can see a quite unique feature for its time, an enclosed and powered nose turret with a Lewis gun. This was the first RAF aircraft to have a power-operated turret.

enjoy your aerophilately and your flying.     Michael  cddstamps.com

RAF-Montserrat-1993

Hello,  well it has been a long time since I last wrote.  Sincere apology. Time just flew by.  And, Happy New Year, belated I know, but all the same I hope everyone has a brilliant 2018. Lots of safe and comfortable flying and plenty of enjoyment from your aerophilately.

I was sorting my desk today. absolute mess I might add, and found this MS. Hope you enjoy seeing it. I didn’t even know I had it.

Some interesting aircraft.   See the Fairey Gorden reg KR-2641, bottom left stamp. Some interesting history there. A passenger sadly fell from the aircraft, near Kolani Springs, in Dafur Province, Sudan back in 1935.  How that could happen I have no idea. The aircraft was a 2 seat light weight bomber /  biplane. I will be happy in the front of an A340-300 in a few days, flying to Sydney!  Certainly better food and better comfort than these old bi-planes !!!

Will try to write more often.   Enjoy your aerophilately and your flying

Michael       cddstamps.com

 

 

 

 

 

cathay-pacific-747-HKG-stamp

Hello,  I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp. A bit of nostalgia for some readers perhaps.

Issued in 1984, yes that long ago, as one of 4 stamps in the Aviation in Hong Kong set. It shows a 747, not a plane we see that much of these days as they are slowly being retired, and this one in the very old Cathay Pacific livery.

And what airport was the plane leaving from?  Yes I know Hong Kong :-), but back then it was not HKIA. The hills in the background are just a wonderful memory of landing there at the old airport.

Enjoy your stamps and aerophilately    Michael  cddstamps.com

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