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By Air from Malaya

Following the end of World War I, there was growing need for fast, regular airmail services from Malaya and the Netherlands East Indies. Michael Waugh introduces us to the first flights to operate to and from the region, in particular those made by two rival airlines, KLM and Imperial Airways.

The need for faster postal services from both Malaya and the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) after the nadir following the Great War was self-evident. Airmail was developing in Europe and Australia, but it depended on progress in engineering – mechanical for aircraft and civil for suitable sites for aerodromes. The future of airmail also depended on the willingness of civil and military authorities to allow flying across their territories. And in the time of depression, financing was always an issue. … [Read More] “By Air from Malaya”

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Vignettes in Early Aviation

Shortly after the Wright Brothers made their historic flight in 1903, pioneering aviators around the world, in particular Europe, took to the skies in a variety of machines to perform demonstration flights for the public. John F Roe, Philatelic Coordinator, Bath Postal Museum, examines the stamp-like vignettes that were produced to advertise and promote these early aviation events. … [Read More] “Vignettes in Early Aviation”

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Stamp Hunting: Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s first stamps appeared in 1862, when seven stamps, with a top value of 96c., were issued (SG 1/7). All are desirable in mint condition with the three top values (24c., 48c., 96c.) classifi ed as very scarce to rare. Used are somewhat easier to obtain, although really fi ne examples are exceedingly scarce. … [Read More] “Stamp Hunting: Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for”

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Panorama : Alison Boyd looks at the stories behind some new and recent issues

World War I flying ace

On 11 September France released a €5.10 stamp honouring World War I flying ace Georges Guynemer (1894–1917). Following a sickly childhood, Guynemer tried to join the French Air Service at the outbreak of war but was rejected on health grounds. However, he persevered and began training as a mechanic on 23 November 1914. After finally being accepted for flight training, his first flight behind the controls was on 26 January 1915. He joined the French squadron Escadrille MS.3, based at Vauciennes near Villers-Cotterets, and flew a two-seater Morane-Saulnier L monoplane. It was at this time that he experienced his first aerial victory. … [Read More] “Panorama : Alison Boyd looks at the stories behind some new and recent issues”

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