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




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      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.



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


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






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


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








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


Hello, another interesting stamp tonight I think.  From Bangladesh, not a country I have many of I must admit. It shows a De Havilland DH50.  The stamp was issued in 1978. One of a set of 4. I must try to find the other three.

The first aircraft flew in August 1923 and was used within a few days by Alan Cobham to win a prize for reliability during trial flights between Copenhagen and Gothenburg. A second aircraft, the one shown on the stamp, tail G-EBFO had newer air cooled Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar engines and was the aircraft Cobham flew on his memorable flight from England to Australia in 1926.

Enjoy your flying and your aerophilately    Michael


Hello, here is a lovely cover for you.  Found it today in some stock.  Absolutely brilliant condition given it is 37 years old in a weeks time. Much like me   hahahahahahah.    Absolutely brilliant condition that is, not 37 years old. 🙂

The stamps were issued for no other reason, that I can tell, than to issue new stamps. The four are SG 761 – 764  (Scott 759-62) and they show very strangely named aircraft:  the CA-6 Wackett, the CA-25 Winjeel, the CA-13 Boomerang and the N22B-Nomad.  What they do have in common is the Commonwealth Aircraft Factory and being Government  developed planes.  Interesting planes to read about but I will leave that research to you if you are interested.  Let me just do a little promo here for the November 20% Australia sale. at  cddstamps Australia sale,

For the month of November we are doing 20% off all Australia stock.  Great chance to fill some gaps, pick up some perf varieties, some imperfs from booklets, or just a few to improve your collection.  And if you order before 14th November we will be mailing orders from Hong Kong as we will be visiting the stamp arcade there that coming weekend.   Perhaps help to get some nice Hong Kong stamps and hopefully a much faster delivery of your order.

Treat yourself for Christmas:  which I see is only 46 days away..  will be here in a flash 🙂

have a philatelic day   Michael and our store at




Hello, back from a flying visit to the UK – obviously I guess, since we went PAL and had excellent flights on their 777 300ER both ways – I thought you might like to see the Post and Go aviation themes stamps I managed to get while there.

Really excellent addition to my aviation collection.

This Post and Go set is themed Mail by Air, and as you can see consists of a set of 6 designs depicting key stages in the carriage of mail by air, from the first UK Aerial Post from Hendon to Windsor in 1911, through to the use of aircraft in the Datapost livery in the 1980s. These were first issued at Stampex in London in September.   I wont bore you with the details here, just to show you in case you have not seen them – yes I know I am late getting them but everything comes to he who waits!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween and enjoy your flying and aerophilately of course.