Tonights aviation stamp is from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force issue of 1981, SG 409. You might think oh, just an aircraft image on a stamp. There is so much more.

My thanks to various websites, notably, and you will find this surprising, the Amaroo Tavern in Moree, New South Wales, Australia, worth a read if you have the time, and the Australian, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea Military Aircraft Serials & History website at

This aircraft was originally delivered to Australia in 1945 and introduced into the RAAF serving many different squadrons.  In 1975 the Australian Government converted it to a Civilian DC3 and on the 10th October 1975, donated her to the PNG Defence Force, in the name of foreign Aid, where she was given the Aircraft No. P2-003 with the call sign “Defence Force 3”

If you look carefully you might be able to make out the 03 on the nose.

The aircraft gave approximately 5000 hours of service to the PNG Defence Force until it was pensioned off in January 1992.

It was bought by tender from the PNG  Defence Force in July 1993 and the aircraft was flown to Moree NSW  where it is now on display outside the Amaroo Tavern.


Must visit there one day, now I have read all this history!

Enjoy your stamps and the history they hold for us.




Hello, welcome to cddstamps and to the weekend.  I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp.

This is from a set of 4 issued in 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first airmail service between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

This is an interesting aircraft. Yes, a Catalina but what was called a Consolidated Catalina because it was built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, California during 1937.

It was purchased by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY for use by naturalist Dr. Richard Archbold. It was registered in the United States as NC 777 and nicknamed “GUBA”  If you look carefully you might see the name on the aircraft.

GUBA was the New Guinea Hiri Moutu word for a tropical storm and the plane was given this name in honour of another aircraft that sank in the Guba storm.

Some trivia about this plane. It made the first transcontinental flight by a flying boat.  and, it was the plane used by the Russians in 1937 but flown by Sir Hubert Wilkins the famous Australian polar explorer, ornithologist to search for the 6 Russian crew of a flight which disappeared on a flight across the North Pole.

If you want something short and interesting to read this weekend, I recommend    scroll down for some brilliant pictures.

enjoy your stamps and your aviation      have a great weekend    Michael


Hello, here is one I found today. It shows a Turkish Airlines  Fokker F.27-100 Friendship.  the actual plane on the stamp was built in 1959 and broken up in July 1986.  It last flew for TAAG – Linhas Aereas de Angola Airlines.

The Fokker F27 Friendship was a turboprop developed and manufactured by the Dutch manufacturer Fokker.  The aircraft has the distinction of being the most numerous post-war aircraft to have been manufactured in the Netherlands; the F27 was also one of the most successful European airliners of its era.

I have no idea why the plane was on the stamp, other than the stamp was issued in 1967 as one of a set of 5 showing different aircraft.

If anyone knows more or can tell me where to buy this set (I cannot find it for sale) I would be most interested to hear from you at

Here is another view of it you might enjoy seeing




I don’t know about you, but for me, when I am studying stamps, the time passes so fast.

I found one SG SG Y1743 in a few Machins I was sorting and thought, I wonder which printer? I should have just put it in stock and left it there with the other few hundred  shouldn’t I?  4 hours later I realise I am still looking at a selection under UV light and am still wondering if I have correctly identified each stamp. I show a sample.   some are quite clear as I have a reference stamp and under UV I can see the equivalents. Others I am not so sure.  Basically, some with a reddish colour under UV, some just very dark with no obvious phosphor band showing, and the De La Rue with bright bands showing.   I know there are readers with far better knowledge then me, so all comments are welcomed.


I think I am basically down to cataloguing them as De La Rue and Enschede. Reading Deegam is itself a wonderful way to spend time but sometimes (ref DG 1000) I get more confused. J

Such an interesting stamp. Well you could say that for any Machin couldn’t you? I hope you enjoy your Machins as much as I do.




Hello,   I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp. A little bit of nostalgia again.  Showing the Bleriot XI and a Boeing 707. When I saw it I was thinking you don’t see meany 4 engine aircraft these days so thought I would show it. I am thinking, when did I last fly on a 4 engine plane,  must be at least some 3 or 4 years ago and given the amount of long distance flying I do I think that shows the advances in aircraft technology.

Anyway, this was issued in 1961 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first South African ariel post.  SG 220.

Enjoy your flying and your aerophilately.





Hello,  One stamp this weekend that I hope you enjoy seeing.  Issued in 1978 it is actually the 1974 issue with a value surcharge.

The 1974 issue was issued by Bhutan to commemorate the Centenary of the Universal Postal Union.  It shows the Concorde and a Vickers FB-27 Vimy.

The Vimy was a British heavy bomber aircraft developed and manufactured by Vickers Limited during the latter stages of the First world War. Only a few aircraft entered service by the time of the Armistice in November 1918.

The Vimy achieved success as both a military and civil aircraft. A transport derivative of the Vimy, the Vickers Venon, became the first dedicated troop transport aircraft to be operated by the RAF.

During the interwar years the Vimy set several notable records for long-distance flights; perhaps the most celebrated and significant of these was the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic. This was flown by John Alcock and Arthur Brown in June 1919. Other record-breaking flights were flown from the UK to destinations such as south Africa and Australia.

Enjoy your aerophilately and have a great weekend   Michael……



Hello, I recently spent a lovely time in Kota Kinabalu, Malayasia on the island of Borneo, and one day while wandering around the hotel I stopped in the tourist shop and found this. Rather a surprise. Couldn’t resist it.  A little bit of toning on the bottom of the envelope but it is nearly 29 years old after all and given the humidity over there I think it is still a cover worth having.  It even has the publicity brochure inside and that is in spotless condition.

Great plane, great airline in my view having flown them quite a bit over the years, and a nice piece of nostalgia with the cover.

Enjoy your aerophilately   Michael





Hello, I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp tonight. It was issued in 1976 to commemorate the inaugural Avianca 747 flight. Avianca is the national airline and flag carrier of Colombia. It is reported as being the first Latin America airline to operate the 747 but there is also a view that  VIASA / KLM was also the first. Whatever, it is the 2nd oldest airline in  the world after KLM.

One reason I particularly like this stamp is the background colour of a yellowish  shade. So many aviation themed stamps show blue skies. How different is this.  I think it I rather attractive.

Enjoy your stamps.   Michael


Hello,  I found this today.  Interesting?     I do not think the perfs have been cut but I do not know anything about stamps from Yugoslavia and the only other copies I have seen of this stamp have always had full perfs. Perhaps this was from a booklet?

Anyway, it was issued in a Postal Services issue in 1990. SG 2596 and shows an ATR aircraft. This plane and variants of the model are built by a French / Italian aircraft manufacturer in Toulouse France. ATR is short for Avions de Transport, or Regional Air Transport in English  Nice little addition to the aviation album.

Have a wonderful weekend   Michael




Hello, A new addition to my aircraft on stamps collection thanks to a very kind collector I have sent stamps to in Malaysia.

This is SG 1274, issued in a set of 7 in 1980 to commemorate the World Aerobatic Championship which was held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA.

It shows a Zlin Z-526  Akrobat which is a Czech sports plane.  Quite an amazing plane I believe. Note the interesting aerobatic formation flying shown on the stamp.

I am tempted to look for the complete set now I have seen this.

Enjoy your aerophilately     Michael