Lot Number: 47

(Australia) F/F Sydney to Cape Town, bs 29/12, via Cairo, bs 23/12, flown on the Australia-England service to Cairo, then transferred to flight AS 199 on the first Imperial Airways England-Africa service to carry mail from Cairo to Cape Town. A dual franked cover bearing 1/7d Australia stamps and Egypt 6m stamps, all canc 'Air Mail/Sydney/6 DE 34'. cds, ms "Per Aerial Mail/ Sydney to Cairo/Cairo to Cape Town". See Wingent 'Moement of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Rote 1931-1939 p165. A great item in fine condition.

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Date: 1934, Dec 12
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Australia

Description: F/F Sydney to Cape Town, bs 29/12, via Cairo, bs 23/12, flown on the Australia-England service to Cairo, then transferred to flight AS 199 on the first Imperial Airways England-Africa service to carry mail from Cairo to Cape Town. A dual franked cover bearing 1/7d Australia stamps and Egypt 6m stamps, all canc 'Air Mail/Sydney/6 DE 34'. cds, ms "Per Aerial Mail/ Sydney to Cairo/Cairo to Cape Town". See Wingent 'Moement of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Rote 1931-1939 p165. A great item in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 178

(Egypt) RAF test flight from Abu Suwer to Khartoum, 11 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by the commanding officer V.C.Stonar, plain cover, franked Egypt 5ml, violet two line "Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" hs. This flight was undertaken by RAF Squadron No. 47 as a test of the Fairey IIID aircraft equipped with the Napier Lion engine, and as a prelude to the Cairo-Cape Town flight planned for later in the year. Little is known about this flight, and only 70 covers were carried. A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in  Air Mail News, No 158, p129.

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Date: 1926, Jan 9
Est. price: £300.00
Category: Egypt

Description: RAF test flight from Abu Suwer to Khartoum, 11 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by the commanding officer V.C.Stonar, plain cover, franked Egypt 5ml, violet two line "Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" hs. This flight was undertaken by RAF Squadron No. 47 as a test of the Fairey IIID aircraft equipped with the Napier Lion engine, and as a prelude to the Cairo-Cape Town flight planned for later in the year. Little is known about this flight, and only 70 covers were carried. A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in Air Mail News, No 158, p129.
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Lot Number: 320

(India) Delhi Flying Club/Imperial Airways, first direct airmail from Delhi to Johannesburg, bs 1/2 registered (label) cover franked 1R, 4 annas, 18p, canc New Delhi cds, typed 'Delhi-Johannesburg'. First acceptance of mail for South Africa on the Delhi-Karachi service, then carried from Cairo the F/F Imperial Airways Regular Service from London to Cape Town. Only 14 carried. Superb double first flight item.

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Date: 1932, Jan 18
Est. price: £125.00
Category: India

Description: Delhi Flying Club/Imperial Airways, first direct airmail from Delhi to Johannesburg, bs 1/2 registered (label) cover franked 1R, 4 annas, 18p, canc New Delhi cds, typed 'Delhi-Johannesburg'. First acceptance of mail for South Africa on the Delhi-Karachi service, then carried from Cairo the F/F Imperial Airways Regular Service from London to Cape Town. Only 14 carried. Superb double first flight item.
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Lot Number: 495

(Sudan) Return of RAF test flight from Khartoum to Abu Suwer, 17 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by pilot V.C.Stonar, plain cover, violet three line "By Return of/Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" and violet "Khartoum 15/1/25" hs's. This flight was undertaken by RAF Squadron No. 47 as a test of the Fairey IIID aircraft equipped with the Napier Lion engine, and as a prelude to the Cairo-Cape Town flight planned for later in the year. Little is known about this flight, and only 35 covers were carried on the return flight.  A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in  Air Mail News, No 158, p129.

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Date: 1926, Jan 15
Est. price: £350.00
Category: Sudan

Description: Return of RAF test flight from Khartoum to Abu Suwer, 17 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by pilot V.C.Stonar, plain cover, violet three line "By Return of/Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" and violet "Khartoum 15/1/25" hs's. This flight was undertaken by RAF Squadron No. 47 as a test of the Fairey IIID aircraft equipped with the Napier Lion engine, and as a prelude to the Cairo-Cape Town flight planned for later in the year. Little is known about this flight, and only 35 covers were carried on the return flight. A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in Air Mail News, No 158, p129.
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Lot Number: 454

(South Africa) Pietersburg to Bulawayo, b/s 28.1, carried on F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon,  Springbok cover franked 5d, Imperial Airways

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Date: 1932, Jan 28
Est. price: £18.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Pietersburg to Bulawayo, b/s 28.1, carried on F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, Springbok cover franked 5d, Imperial Airways
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Lot Number: 448

(South Africa) Johannesburg to Mpika, Northern Rhodesia, bs 6/2, carried on F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways. This flight was interrupted near Salisbury and did not arrive at Broken Hill until Feb 4th, see Baldwin p51.

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Date: 1932, Jan 25
Est. price: £18.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Johannesburg to Mpika, Northern Rhodesia, bs 6/2, carried on F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways. This flight was interrupted near Salisbury and did not arrive at Broken Hill until Feb 4th, see Baldwin p51.
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Lot Number: 445

(South Africa) Cover flown, Pietersburg to Cape Town 21/12, on First Christmas Flight, via Joburg 21/12, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1931, Dec 19
Est. price: £9.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Cover flown, Pietersburg to Cape Town 21/12, on First Christmas Flight, via Joburg 21/12, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 451

(South Africa) Interrupted flight KImberley to Moshi, bs 7/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1932, Jan 27
Est. price: £25.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Interrupted flight KImberley to Moshi, bs 7/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 453

(South Africa) Interrupted flight Victoria West to Nairobi, bs 7/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1932, Jan 27
Est. price: £25.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Interrupted flight Victoria West to Nairobi, bs 7/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 452

(South Africa) Interrupted flight Pietersburg to Mbeya, bs 6/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but  forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1932, Jan 27
Est. price: £25.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Interrupted flight Pietersburg to Mbeya, bs 6/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 447

(South Africa) F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, Cape Town to Jo'burg, b/s 27.1, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways

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Date: 1932, Jan 25
Est. price: £10.00
Category: South Africa

Description: F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, Cape Town to Jo'burg, b/s 27.1, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways
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Lot Number: 444

(South Africa) F/F  Regular Airmail Service in South Africa, Cape Town to Nylstrom, Transvaal, no arrival ds,  "Per Air Mail-Lugpos" cachets, plain cover frankeed 5d..

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Date: 1929, Aug 26
Est. price: £8.00
Category: South Africa

Description: F/F Regular Airmail Service in South Africa, Cape Town to Nylstrom, Transvaal, no arrival ds, "Per Air Mail-Lugpos" cachets, plain cover frankeed 5d..
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Lot Number: 450

(South Africa) Imperial Airways interrupted flight Jo'burg to London, no arrival ds, carried on F/F Cape Town-London service, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Parry, Leon and Hayhoe cover franked 1/- .

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Date: 1932, Jan 27
Est. price: £16.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Imperial Airways interrupted flight Jo'burg to London, no arrival ds, carried on F/F Cape Town-London service, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Parry, Leon and Hayhoe cover franked 1/- .
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Lot Number: 449

(South Africa) Pietersburg to Moshi, b/s 8/2, carried on F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, via Mbeya 6/2, registered (hs) cover franked 10d.

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Date: 1932, Jan 25
Est. price: £12.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Pietersburg to Moshi, b/s 8/2, carried on F/F Regular Service Cape Town/Croydon, via Mbeya 6/2, registered (hs) cover franked 10d.
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Lot Number: 456

(South Africa) First acceptance of mail from South Africa for carriage on the RANA F/F from Salisbury (Southern Rhodesia) to Blantyre ( Nyasaland), Cape Town to Limbe bs 9/3, via 'Blantyre9/3, plain cover franked South Africa 4d & 1d, canc Houses of Parliament Cape Town 6th March 1934, black/dark blue airmail etiquette, violet two line "First Flight Official Air Mail" and black two line "S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland" cachets. Scarce item in pristine condition. Ex Hanman Gold Medal Collection.

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Date: 1934, Mar 8
Est. price: £35.00
Category: South Africa

Description: First acceptance of mail from South Africa for carriage on the RANA F/F from Salisbury (Southern Rhodesia) to Blantyre ( Nyasaland), Cape Town to Limbe bs 9/3, via 'Blantyre9/3, plain cover franked South Africa 4d & 1d, canc Houses of Parliament Cape Town 6th March 1934, black/dark blue airmail etiquette, violet two line "First Flight Official Air Mail" and black two line "S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland" cachets. Scarce item in pristine condition. Ex Hanman Gold Medal Collection.
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Lot Number: 413

(Recovered Interrupted Mail) Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad'  from Broken Hill to Athens, bs 13/2, via Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, blue/orange/white Robertson souvenir cover franked 11d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. Due to the delay of the ill fated first service from Cape Town, the 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, backstamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists in that it anticipated the first mails from points south of Broken Hill by several days..

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Date: 1932, Jan 29
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Recovered Interrupted Mail

Description: Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad' from Broken Hill to Athens, bs 13/2, via Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, blue/orange/white Robertson souvenir cover franked 11d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. Due to the delay of the ill fated first service from Cape Town, the 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, backstamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists in that it anticipated the first mails from points south of Broken Hill by several days..
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Lot Number: 394

(Nyasaland) First direct external flight from Nyasaland, PPC franked 1s 2d, canc Limbe/31 May 33, violet st. line 'First Flight' cachet, addressed to London with message "This is by City of Karachi which is the first direct Air Mail from Nyasaland". The first OFFICIAL airmail from Nyasaland to an external destination was arranged for June 5th from Zomba to Fort Jamieson, N Rhodesia, to be flown by an RAF service flight on their return to UK after attending the Nyasaland Air Week. Official souvenir covers were issued and a postage rate set of 1/- per 1/2oz. However, quite unexpectedly on June 1st' the Imperial Airways liner 'City of Karachi' returned to Salisbury thereby offering an immediate connection with the IAW northbound Cape Town-London service. So, at very short notice, a SPECIAL  flight by the 'City of Karachi' was arranged between Zomba and Salisbury to collect UK mail in particular for OAT to 
London. So, although UNOFFICIAL, this flight then became the first airmail from Nyasaland to an 
external destination. No special cancellation/cachet was provided, and the only way of identifying 
covers from this flight are the '31 May 33' postmark and the new, hastily arranged, 1s 2d rate for UK 
mail. For this reason such covers are very scarce. A fine exhibit item. An explanatory 300 word text is 
included.

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Date: 1933, May 31
Est. price: £250.00
Category: Nyasaland

Description: First direct external flight from Nyasaland, PPC franked 1s 2d, canc Limbe/31 May 33, violet st. line 'First Flight' cachet, addressed to London with message "This is by City of Karachi which is the first direct Air Mail from Nyasaland". The first OFFICIAL airmail from Nyasaland to an external destination was arranged for June 5th from Zomba to Fort Jamieson, N Rhodesia, to be flown by an RAF service flight on their return to UK after attending the Nyasaland Air Week. Official souvenir covers were issued and a postage rate set of 1/- per 1/2oz. However, quite unexpectedly on June 1st' the Imperial Airways liner 'City of Karachi' returned to Salisbury thereby offering an immediate connection with the IAW northbound Cape Town-London service. So, at very short notice, a SPECIAL flight by the 'City of Karachi' was arranged between Zomba and Salisbury to collect UK mail in particular for OAT to London. So, although UNOFFICIAL, this flight then became the first airmail from Nyasaland to an external destination. No special cancellation/cachet was provided, and the only way of identifying covers from this flight are the '31 May 33' postmark and the new, hastily arranged, 1s 2d rate for UK mail. For this reason such covers are very scarce. A fine exhibit item. An explanatory 300 word text is included.
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Lot Number: 392

(Nyasaland) First acceptance of mail from Nyasaland for Sudan, Fort Jameson to Omdurman, b/s, via Zombie 22/1 and Salisbury 27/1 and Khartoum 10/2, for carriage on Imperial Airways, F/F Salisbury to London, mourning cover franked 10d, violet one line "First Official Air Mail" flight cachet. Sent by rail to Salisbury via Beira, then onward transmission was delayed by a crash of the City of Delhi at Broken Hill and, on recovery, departed from Broken Hill on 6/2 together with mail from the second service from Cape Town (AN48) which had caught up. See Wingent p18. Scarce item with lots of history.

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Date: 1932, Jan 23
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Nyasaland

Description: First acceptance of mail from Nyasaland for Sudan, Fort Jameson to Omdurman, b/s, via Zombie 22/1 and Salisbury 27/1 and Khartoum 10/2, for carriage on Imperial Airways, F/F Salisbury to London, mourning cover franked 10d, violet one line "First Official Air Mail" flight cachet. Sent by rail to Salisbury via Beira, then onward transmission was delayed by a crash of the City of Delhi at Broken Hill and, on recovery, departed from Broken Hill on 6/2 together with mail from the second service from Cape Town (AN48) which had caught up. See Wingent p18. Scarce item with lots of history.
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Lot Number: 388

(Northern Rhodesia) Imperial Airways F/F Mpika to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on first regular flight from London-Cape Town, violet three line cachet 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to Cape Town', Springbok cover.

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Date: 1932, Jan 28
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Northern Rhodesia

Description: Imperial Airways F/F Mpika to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on first regular flight from London-Cape Town, violet three line cachet 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to Cape Town', Springbok cover.
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Lot Number: 387

(Northern Rhodesia) F/F Mpika to London, carried on the first regular flight from Cape Town to London, plain cover franked 2d ordinary plus 8d airmail fee, violet three line 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to London' cachet, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.

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Date: 1932, Jan 28
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Northern Rhodesia

Description: F/F Mpika to London, carried on the first regular flight from Cape Town to London, plain cover franked 2d ordinary plus 8d airmail fee, violet three line 'By Imperial Airways/First Flight/Mpika to London' cachet, Imperial Airways. Flight interrupted at Broken Hill.
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Lot Number: 389

(Northern Rhodesia) Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad'  from Broken Hill to Athens, bs 13/2, via Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, blue/orange/white Robertson souvenir cover franked 11d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. Due to the delay of the ill fated first service from Cape Town, the 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, backstamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists in that it anticipated the first mails from points south of Broken Hill by several days..

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Date: 1932, Jan 29
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Northern Rhodesia

Description: Scarce accelerated emergency mail, Imperial Airways inaugural Cape Town-London service, carried by 'City of Baghdad' from Broken Hill to Athens, bs 13/2, via Nairobi 3/2 transit cds verso, blue/orange/white Robertson souvenir cover franked 11d, canc Broken Hill 29 Jan 1932 cds. Due to the delay of the ill fated first service from Cape Town, the 'City of Baghdad' waited at Broken Hill until February 2nd, when it took off via Mpika, Dodoma, and Moshi, arriving Nairobi 3/2. This accelerated emergency mail, backstamped between February 2nd and 4th is of considerable rarity, and of unusual interest to aerophilatelists in that it anticipated the first mails from points south of Broken Hill by several days..
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Lot Number: 378

(Nigeria) First Through Airmail from Nigeria to Kenya, Makurdi in Nigeria to to Kakamega in Kenya,  via First West Africa Feeder service from Kano to Khartoum, then IAW Cape Town-England service to Kisumu, then Wilson Airways Kisumu-Nairobi feeder service, plain etiquette air cover, franked 10d, backstamped  Makurdi 11/2, Khartoum 18/2 , Kisumu 20/2 and Kakamega 21/2,  typed " First Flight/Nigeria-Kenya". One of only three covers known to have been flown to Kenya. A rare item, see Priddy, 'West African Airmails', p19.

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Date: 1936, Feb 6
Est. price: £350.00
Category: Nigeria

Description: First Through Airmail from Nigeria to Kenya, Makurdi in Nigeria to to Kakamega in Kenya, via First West Africa Feeder service from Kano to Khartoum, then IAW Cape Town-England service to Kisumu, then Wilson Airways Kisumu-Nairobi feeder service, plain etiquette air cover, franked 10d, backstamped Makurdi 11/2, Khartoum 18/2 , Kisumu 20/2 and Kakamega 21/2, typed " First Flight/Nigeria-Kenya". One of only three covers known to have been flown to Kenya. A rare item, see Priddy, 'West African Airmails', p19.
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