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 🙂


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  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




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   < >      you will find 60 listings.

Best wishes    Michael


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 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


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