biggles-SG-1808

Hello, Hope you enjoy seeing this stamp. Issued by Royal Mail in 1994. It is SG 1808, one of 10 Greetings stamps issued in the 7th series of Greeting stamps. I was sorting stamps today to add to the online store and found some of these.

It has an aviation them so thought I would show it here, and because I rather like it. It show “Biggles”.

Biggles  was a fictional pilot and adventurer and the title character and hero of the Biggles series of adventure books written by Captain W E Johns.

There is so much material here to do a competition but surely everyone knows Biggles and the stories.  I think 98 books were written.   Ok one question. What squadron was Biggles in?  email me at cddstamps@gmail.com  and I might just find a prize 🙂  for someone deserving 🙂

Enjoy your stamps, your aerophilately, your flying and your reading.

and of course, it goes without saying if you need this stamp for your collection you will find it in the cddstamps online store here 

Have a great weekend    Michael   cddstamps.com

 

 

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nimrod

Hello, I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp and this plane.

It is of course a Nimrod, a modification of the de Havilland Comet, developed by Hawker Siddeley as a maritime patrol aircraft.

It was designed in response to a requirement issued by the Royal Airforce to replace its fleet of Avro Shackletons.  It was operational from the October 1969 until March 2010.

In my last post I had a quiz about the 747.  I am pleased to be sending some aviation themed stamps to Jose in India, who got the answer correct – the launch customer of the 747, which was of course Pan Am.

Enjoy your aerophilately and if you are looking for some aviation themed stamps why not check out cddstamps online store  – if you click this link  or copy this to your browser   < https://www.hipstamp.com/store/cddstamps?show=store&keywords=aircraft >      you will find 60 listings.

Best wishes    Michael  cddstamps.com

sin-75c

Hello, one more from the Singapore issue I have been showing recently. This showing Changi Terminal 1 which was opened in 1981 – yes that long ago.  Also with a Boeing 747-200 which made its debut in Terminal 1.

Today you won’t see many 747s at all. I saw one on Hong Kong yesterday. Bit of a novelty really.  It was first flown in 1970. I remember seeing the first one come into Manchester (then Ringway) Airport on a proving flight in August 1970. A BOAC plane.  Argghh nostalgia!

Perhaps a little competition quiz. Easy one I hope. What airline was the launch customer for the first model 747?  send your answer to cddstamps@gmail.com. I will pick a winner at random in a few days and mail a small selection of stamps showing aircraft on the stamps.

Have a great weekend.  Michael  cddstamps.com

sin-1dollar

Hello, tonight one more from the 1991 issue to commemorate the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority and the History of Aviation.  I hope you like this one.

Showing Concorde and Paya Lebar airport.  You may well ask why Concorde at this airport.  A brief history.

The airport was built in three years, from 1952 to 1955. Very fast by any standards. It replaced Kallang,  which we saw on the previous stamp. It was a hub for the then Malayan Airlines who had their first flight outside Southeast Asia from there in 1958 operating a DC4 leased from Qantas fly and flying to Hong Kong.  The 1960s would have been an interesting time for aircraft spotter.  Some nostalgia – British Eagle flying Britannia aircraft flew into Paya Lebar and other aircraft to fly there included Comets 4Cs and the then new VC10.  From 1979 to 1980 British Airways in conjunction with Singapore Airlines began Concorde services from London to Paya Lebar.

In 1980 it was renamed Paya Lebar Air Base and was transferred to the Royal Singapore Air Force.

Enjoy your aerophilately   Michael  cddstamps.com

singapore-plane-from-set-of-4

Hello, tonight one of the 4 stamps issued in 1991 to commemorate the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority and the History of Aviation. A lovely set and I will show more in future posts.

This $2 stamp shows Kallang Airport. Kallang was Singapore’s first civilian airfield. It opened in 1937 to cater for both seaplanes and aircraft such as the DC2, which is shown on the stamp. At the time it was regarded by many as the finest airport in the “British Empire” because of its all weather capability for both seaplanes and aircraft.

Enjoy your aerophilately   Michael  cddstamps.com

poland-set-of-4-1950

Hello, I have been meaning to write just never made the time. Hope you enjoy seeing these. I usually only show one stamp but since these 4 make up the set and all depict the same aircraft I thought it worth showing all 4.

Issued on 1952 SG 738 – 741 the aircraft is an Ilyushin Il-12, a Russian twin engine cargo plane developed in the mid 1940s for small and medium haul routes and as a military transport aircraft.

One stamp is used and the other three are mint hinged. Quite nice condition as well centered.

Enjoy your aerophilately    Michael  cddstamps.com

nz-sg707-pair

Hello, apology for long time between posts but I have been away again. This time a lovely weekend in Hong Kong. I did find time to visit the Mong Kok stamp arcade and enjoy browsing the many stamp shops there. I found quite a few of interest. This lovely mint unhinged pair.

It is SG 707 from the 1950 Centennial of Canterbury commemorative issue. The stamp does not show a 707!!!!, it shows a Lockheed 10 Electra flying over Timaru. Timaru is located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island..

The Lockheed 10 Electra is an American twin-engine, all-metal aircraft developed by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in the 1930s.  This plane gained considerable fame as one was flown by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated around-the-world expedition in 1937.

I hope you enjoy seeing this pair. Enjoy your aerophilately.

Michael

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barra-card-front

barra-card-back

Hello, yes it has been a while since my last post but as you may recall I have been overseas. One place visited was Scotland, with a side trip to Barra.

Barra is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Triagh Mhor at the northern tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.  The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway.

The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends. This most always allows the Twin Otters (as shown on the card and the aircraft we flew in on) that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea. Flight times vary with the tide.

Great experience and one I highly recommend if the opportunity ever presents itself. The card was bought in the tiny village of Castlebay, hand cancelled by the wonderful staff at the local post office, but then with another cancel once the card got into the mail system. The stamp is the new  £1.17 (Scotland) country value definitive.

Best wishes   Michael

 

 

 

philippines-cover-1941-sg-569

A cover tonight. Hope you enjoy seeing this. I am reflecting on how long it took to fly anywhere in these amazing aircraft as I pack for a 5 week trip to the UK.  Over the next 6 weeks I have 12 flights and while I may have some internet access I am not sure if I will get the opportunity to post. But will try, as perhaps there will be some interesting aircraft and even more interesting flights.  Watch this space.

The plane shown on the stamp is a Boeing 314 Clipper. This was a long range flying boat built by Boeing between 1938 and 1941.  It was one of the largest aircraft of its time and had a range for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  Twelve were built for Pan Am, with 9 in service for them and the remaining 3 sold to BOAC

The stamp is SG 569 one of 4 from the 1941 issue

Enjoy your aerophilately… Michael  cddstamps.com

sopwith-769

Hello, today one more Great Britain stamp. Primarily because it too is trying to depict two aircraft types. The other day I showed SG 754 and asked if anyone knew what the other aircraft was meant to be.  Yes it was a bit of a “blob” on the top of the jet engine wasn’t it.  It was meant to be a Gloster Whittle E28/39.

And we had a winner, A keen aviation follower from Canada. Well done.

Royal Mail obviously had a theme at the time of showing the main aircraft image with a little “blob” type image. So what is the extra plane, actually three are shown?   Will tell you in the next post.

As for the stamp, it is SG 769 from the 1968 “Anniversaries” issue and shows a Sopwith Camel bi-plane. Obviously, the anniversary in question was the 50th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

The plane is an appropriate selection for the anniversary I think.  It was a key aircraft in the RAFs fleet during the First World War and Sopwith pilots are credited with shooting down 1294 enemy aircraft, that is more than any other Allied fighter during the conflict.

Enjoy your aerophilately.. Michael cddstamps.com