Lot Number: 10

(Collections) GB Internal, nice starter selection of 17 airmail first flights comprising 1934 Highland Airways (2), 1934 Railway Air Service (3), 1937 Allied Airways, 1937 West Coast Air Services, 1934 'Apex' Expo (2), 1934 Hillman's Airways (3), 1933 Provincial Airways, 1938 North Eastern Airways (3),  and 1948 BEA Helicopter Mail Service, all fine, no duplication. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Collections

Description: GB Internal, nice starter selection of 17 airmail first flights comprising 1934 Highland Airways (2), 1934 Railway Air Service (3), 1937 Allied Airways, 1937 West Coast Air Services, 1934 'Apex' Expo (2), 1934 Hillman's Airways (3), 1933 Provincial Airways, 1938 North Eastern Airways (3), and 1948 BEA Helicopter Mail Service, all fine, no duplication. Images.
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Lot Number: 2

(Collections) Belgian Congo, a nice selection of nine airmail covers, 1935-37, including seven first flights, a 1935 Bank cover from Stanleyville to Hamburg via Coquilhatville, and an unused souvenir envelope for the 1935 inaugural Brussels service. All fine. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Collections

Description: Belgian Congo, a nice selection of nine airmail covers, 1935-37, including seven first flights, a 1935 Bank cover from Stanleyville to Hamburg via Coquilhatville, and an unused souvenir envelope for the 1935 inaugural Brussels service. All fine. Images.
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Lot Number: 17

(Collections) Philippines 1932-83 range of first flight covers (15) incl. 1932 Rein Y Loring flight Iloilo Mahila with cachet, 1935 Royal netherlands Airforce flight Manila-Puerto Princesa with cachet, 1936 RAF flight Manila-Amoy with cachet, 1937 Philippine Air Transport first flight Manila-Legaspi with cachet (88 flown), 1941 PAA Manila-Singapore scarce circular cachet on cover (only about 50 flown) etc. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Collections

Description: Philippines 1932-83 range of first flight covers (15) incl. 1932 Rein Y Loring flight Iloilo Mahila with cachet, 1935 Royal netherlands Airforce flight Manila-Puerto Princesa with cachet, 1936 RAF flight Manila-Amoy with cachet, 1937 Philippine Air Transport first flight Manila-Legaspi with cachet (88 flown), 1941 PAA Manila-Singapore scarce circular cachet on cover (only about 50 flown) etc. Images.
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Lot Number: 14

(Collections) Latin America collection of 14 first flights, 1927- 1938 (15) including 1927 Haiti to Santo Domingo signed, 1927 Cuba to Key West, 1929 Nassau to Miami, 1930 Haiti to Antigua, and the scarce 1957 20th Anniversary Bermuda-USA passenger flights. See web site for front and back scans of all covers in this lot.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Collections

Description: Latin America collection of 14 first flights, 1927- 1938 (15) including 1927 Haiti to Santo Domingo signed, 1927 Cuba to Key West, 1929 Nassau to Miami, 1930 Haiti to Antigua, and the scarce 1957 20th Anniversary Bermuda-USA passenger flights. See web site for front and back scans of all covers in this lot.
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Lot Number: 5

(Collections) British Commonwealth pre war collection of 30 first flight covers from 1929 -1938, including 1929 F/F Nassau to Miami, 1931 F/F London to Mwanza, 1932 F/F London to Bahrain, 1932  F/F Empress of Britain to Ottawa, 1933 F/F Singapore to Alor Star, 1935 first NZ Christmas airmail, Blenheim-Omaru. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Collections

Description: British Commonwealth pre war collection of 30 first flight covers from 1929 -1938, including 1929 F/F Nassau to Miami, 1931 F/F London to Mwanza, 1932 F/F London to Bahrain, 1932 F/F Empress of Britain to Ottawa, 1933 F/F Singapore to Alor Star, 1935 first NZ Christmas airmail, Blenheim-Omaru. Images.
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Lot Number: 9

(Collections) GB External, collection of 20 first flights (1920's-30's) including 1928 return of fifth night air mail trial flight London to Stockholm; 1930 first night flight, London to Hanover; 1931 Imperial Airways F/F London to Aswan; 1931 St. Lawrence Seaway air-sea acceleration first acceptance of British airmails for the Canadian route, London to Montreal; 1932 F/F London-Cyprus; 1933 F/F's London-Singapore, and London-Calcutta; 1934 IAW F/F accelerated service London to Kuala Lumpur; 1936 F/F Doncaster to Amsterdam; 1937 F/F First Stage EAMS London-Durban; 1938 F/F Third Stage EAMS, London- Auckland.  Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Collections

Description: GB External, collection of 20 first flights (1920's-30's) including 1928 return of fifth night air mail trial flight London to Stockholm; 1930 first night flight, London to Hanover; 1931 Imperial Airways F/F London to Aswan; 1931 St. Lawrence Seaway air-sea acceleration first acceptance of British airmails for the Canadian route, London to Montreal; 1932 F/F London-Cyprus; 1933 F/F's London-Singapore, and London-Calcutta; 1934 IAW F/F accelerated service London to Kuala Lumpur; 1936 F/F Doncaster to Amsterdam; 1937 F/F First Stage EAMS London-Durban; 1938 F/F Third Stage EAMS, London- Auckland. Images.
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Lot Number: 12

(Collections) Guatemala, 16 airmail covers 1926-1939 (5 first flights), including 1926 F/F's Santa Rosa-Guatemala City, and Guatemala City-Santa Rosa, 1930 F/F's Quezaltenango-Guatemala City, Jalapa to Guatemala City and Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Collections

Description: Guatemala, 16 airmail covers 1926-1939 (5 first flights), including 1926 F/F's Santa Rosa-Guatemala City, and Guatemala City-Santa Rosa, 1930 F/F's Quezaltenango-Guatemala City, Jalapa to Guatemala City and Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios. Images.
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Lot Number: 16

(Collections) Mexico, selection of 16 early airmail first flights, most from 1928-31 (13), including 1929 Mexico City to Washington, carried on F/F  Mexico City-Matamoro,  1928 F/F Mexico City to Nuevo Laredo, 1929 F/F Tejeria to Tapachula,  1929  F/F Vera Cruz to Tapachula, F/F Mexico City to San Salvador, 1931 Mexico City to Washington, carried on F/F  Mexico City-Matamoros. All fine. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Collections

Description: Mexico, selection of 16 early airmail first flights, most from 1928-31 (13), including 1929 Mexico City to Washington, carried on F/F Mexico City-Matamoro, 1928 F/F Mexico City to Nuevo Laredo, 1929 F/F Tejeria to Tapachula, 1929 F/F Vera Cruz to Tapachula, F/F Mexico City to San Salvador, 1931 Mexico City to Washington, carried on F/F Mexico City-Matamoros. All fine. Images.
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Lot Number: 6

(Collections) Concorde, nice selection of  30 first and special flight covers 1969-79 from the First Flight in UK in 1969, all fine. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Collections

Description: Concorde, nice selection of 30 first and special flight covers 1969-79 from the First Flight in UK in 1969, all fine. Images.
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Lot Number: 19

(Collections) Railway Air Service, fine collection of 20 first flights, 18 with back stamps, all fine official covers and no duplication. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Collections

Description: Railway Air Service, fine collection of 20 first flights, 18 with back stamps, all fine official covers and no duplication. Images.
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Lot Number: 15

(Collections) Luxembourg, collection of 21 first flights, including 1927 first balloon flight from Luxembourg, 1931 reg airmail to London via Brussels franked 4 vals of 1931 air, 1938 Exhibition B&W ppc showing 3rd ascent of Graf Zeppelin on Jul 2, 1900. Images.

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Date: Collection
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Collections

Description: Luxembourg, collection of 21 first flights, including 1927 first balloon flight from Luxembourg, 1931 reg airmail to London via Brussels franked 4 vals of 1931 air, 1938 Exhibition B&W ppc showing 3rd ascent of Graf Zeppelin on Jul 2, 1900. Images.
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Lot Number: 63

(Australia) Butler Air Transport, F/F Bega to Sydney, bs,, following suspension of service by Adastra Airways.  plain cover franked 5d ,Butler Air Transport hs, typed 'First Flight Sydney - Bega -Butler Air Transport/per Gannet Monoplane/VH UVU',

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Date: 1940, Nov 1
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Australia

Description: Butler Air Transport, F/F Bega to Sydney, bs,, following suspension of service by Adastra Airways. plain cover franked 5d ,Butler Air Transport hs, typed 'First Flight Sydney - Bega -Butler Air Transport/per Gannet Monoplane/VH UVU',
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Lot Number: 75

(Bahrain) First flight Imperial Airways alternative route through Trucial States, Bahrain to Karachi, bs 8/10, cover with 'Eastern Bank/Bahrein/Ltd' embossed on the flap, franked 3 annas 3p Indian stamps, weak strike Bahrain cds, black double ring 'By Air' hs, dark blue/white airmail etiquette. Although 'Bahrein' on the postmark is illegible, the date '5 OCT 32' is clear, as is the '8 OCT 32' Karachi arrival cds. Also the cover is franked correctly with Indian stamps and was sent from the Eastern Bank, Bahrain. A scarce item in good condition.

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Date: 1932, Oct 5
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Bahrain

Description: First flight Imperial Airways alternative route through Trucial States, Bahrain to Karachi, bs 8/10, cover with 'Eastern Bank/Bahrein/Ltd' embossed on the flap, franked 3 annas 3p Indian stamps, weak strike Bahrain cds, black double ring 'By Air' hs, dark blue/white airmail etiquette. Although 'Bahrein' on the postmark is illegible, the date '5 OCT 32' is clear, as is the '8 OCT 32' Karachi arrival cds. Also the cover is franked correctly with Indian stamps and was sent from the Eastern Bank, Bahrain. A scarce item in good condition.
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Lot Number: 132

(Canada) Scarce first flight Montreal to Toronto using the newly issued 5c air stamp, blue framed three line  'This mail was Carried By/Postal Aeroplane'.

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Date: 1928, Sep 22
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Canada

Description: Scarce first flight Montreal to Toronto using the newly issued 5c air stamp, blue framed three line 'This mail was Carried By/Postal Aeroplane'.
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Lot Number: 156

(China) First flight Wuchow to Canton, b/s, cover franked 3c 'Junks' x4 and 15c air, red framed bilingual 'Par Avion; hs, yped 'First Flight Airmail/Wuchow to Canton/January 16, 1931'.

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Date: 1931, Jan 16
Est. price: £100.00
Category: China

Description: First flight Wuchow to Canton, b/s, cover franked 3c 'Junks' x4 and 15c air, red framed bilingual 'Par Avion; hs, yped 'First Flight Airmail/Wuchow to Canton/January 16, 1931'.
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Lot Number: 155

(China) First flight Canton to Wuchow, b/s, airmail etiquette cover franked 3c 'Junks' x2 and 15c air, fine strike violet framed F/F cachet.

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Date: 1931, Jan 16
Est. price: £100.00
Category: China

Description: First flight Canton to Wuchow, b/s, airmail etiquette cover franked 3c 'Junks' x2 and 15c air, fine strike violet framed F/F cachet.
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Lot Number: 157

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds,  official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, and fine official blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet, also red two line 'First Flight China Clipper/China-USA' and blue 'Via CNAC-Hong Kong/and US Air Service', registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom and gold "First Air Mail/China to USA" illustrated vignette.

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £75.00
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds, official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, and fine official blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet, also red two line 'First Flight China Clipper/China-USA' and blue 'Via CNAC-Hong Kong/and US Air Service', registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom and gold "First Air Mail/China to USA" illustrated vignette.
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Lot Number: 158

(China) Censored WWII airmail cover, Shanghai to Penang, 12/4 arrival ds verso, franked 50c Sun yat Sen, canc Shanghai cds, dark blue/white airmail etiquette, 'Per Air Mail' and 'First Flight Cover' hand stamps, red chop lower rh corner and on flap, sealed brown tape with violet Singapor/Penang 'Passed By/Censor 230/ "A"'censor mark. Interesting.

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Date: 1941, Apr 10
Est. price: £40.00
Category: China

Description: Censored WWII airmail cover, Shanghai to Penang, 12/4 arrival ds verso, franked 50c Sun yat Sen, canc Shanghai cds, dark blue/white airmail etiquette, 'Per Air Mail' and 'First Flight Cover' hand stamps, red chop lower rh corner and on flap, sealed brown tape with violet Singapor/Penang 'Passed By/Censor 230/ "A"'censor mark. Interesting.
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Lot Number: 151

(Canton ) Canton Island to New Caledonia, bs Noumea 15/9, a Clara Adam's self addressed letter carried on the Canton-Noumea leg of the first paying passenger flight from San Francisco to New Zealand, airmail cover franked 10c.  Posted by Clara Adams, the well known 'First Flighter' who was a passenger and addressed this cover to herself ,c/o Pan Am, Noumea, and posted it when the plane stopped at Canton. A nice piece of  aerophilatelic history and signed, 'Clara Adams/Round Trip passenger'.

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Date: 1940, Sep 14
Est. price: £175.00
Category: Canton

Description: Canton Island to New Caledonia, bs Noumea 15/9, a Clara Adam's self addressed letter carried on the Canton-Noumea leg of the first paying passenger flight from San Francisco to New Zealand, airmail cover franked 10c. Posted by Clara Adams, the well known 'First Flighter' who was a passenger and addressed this cover to herself ,c/o Pan Am, Noumea, and posted it when the plane stopped at Canton. A nice piece of aerophilatelic history and signed, 'Clara Adams/Round Trip passenger'.
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Lot Number: 179

(Egypt) SAS DC9, first flight, Cairo to Stuttgart, no arrival ds, dark blue/grey company cover, 10x21cm, franked 110m, canc Cairo Airport cds, typed "1st CD-9-41 Flight/Cairo-Sturrgart/SK872  3.April 72". See #1546, and illustration of almost identical cover, in First Flight Covers Of SAS Scandinavian Airlines 1951-1984, Hanns Proksch 1985.

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Date: 1972, Apr 3
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Egypt

Description: SAS DC9, first flight, Cairo to Stuttgart, no arrival ds, dark blue/grey company cover, 10x21cm, franked 110m, canc Cairo Airport cds, typed "1st CD-9-41 Flight/Cairo-Sturrgart/SK872 3.April 72". See #1546, and illustration of almost identical cover, in First Flight Covers Of SAS Scandinavian Airlines 1951-1984, Hanns Proksch 1985.
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Lot Number: 203

(GB External) Imperial Airways first flight London to India, bs Bombay GPO 9/4, airmail etiquette cover franked 7 1/2d The route taken is of interest showing the lack of cooperation by the Italian authorities who declined to allow flights over their territories by way of France or Switzerland. An airliner carried the mail to Basle, from there it was taken by train overnight to Genoa,  then by flying boat to plane to Alexandria via Rome, Naples, Corfu, Athens, Crete and Tobruk. and from there it was flown on the city of Jerusalem to Karachi.

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Date: 1929, Mar 30
Est. price: £16.00
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways first flight London to India, bs Bombay GPO 9/4, airmail etiquette cover franked 7 1/2d The route taken is of interest showing the lack of cooperation by the Italian authorities who declined to allow flights over their territories by way of France or Switzerland. An airliner carried the mail to Basle, from there it was taken by train overnight to Genoa, then by flying boat to plane to Alexandria via Rome, Naples, Corfu, Athens, Crete and Tobruk. and from there it was flown on the city of Jerusalem to Karachi.
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Lot Number: 207

(GB External) St. Lawrence Seaway  North Atlantic air-sea acceleration service from GB to Canada 1927-39, first flight of the re-opened service (Baldwin #284) following its closure in early 1931 due to the Great Depression, London to Montreal, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 2 1/2d, (to include airmail surcharge), canc London FS/Air Mail, Francis Field authentication hs verso. The 'St. Lawrence Seaway Air Mail Service', a 27 page A5 illustrated article by Beith R accompanies this item offering a great opportunity to research this little known service. A super item.

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Date: 1931, May 8
Est. price: £55.00
Category: GB External

Description: St. Lawrence Seaway North Atlantic air-sea acceleration service from GB to Canada 1927-39, first flight of the re-opened service (Baldwin #284) following its closure in early 1931 due to the Great Depression, London to Montreal, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 2 1/2d, (to include airmail surcharge), canc London FS/Air Mail, Francis Field authentication hs verso. The 'St. Lawrence Seaway Air Mail Service', a 27 page A5 illustrated article by Beith R accompanies this item offering a great opportunity to research this little known service. A super item.
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Lot Number: 225

(GB External) Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Norfolk Island, 7/9 arrival ds front and verso, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, typed "First Flight/to/Nauru/at/1 1/2d All Up Rate".

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £30.00
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Norfolk Island, 7/9 arrival ds front and verso, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, typed "First Flight/to/Nauru/at/1 1/2d All Up Rate".
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Lot Number: 251

(GB Internal) F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Liverpool to Glasgow, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's oval receiving cachet applied at Glasgow.  Signed by pilot Capt Allen.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Liverpool to Glasgow, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's oval receiving cachet applied at Glasgow. Signed by pilot Capt Allen.
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Lot Number: 250

(GB Internal) F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Belfast to London, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's green receiving cachet applied at the airway terminus, Victoria.  Signed by pilot Capt E F Finnegan.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Belfast to London, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's green receiving cachet applied at the airway terminus, Victoria. Signed by pilot Capt E F Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 254

(GB Internal) Kirkwall to Inverness, Scottish Airways take over service from Highland Airways, first flight by Scottish Airways, printed souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d canc Kirkwall/Orkney/2 May 38, red/blue/white Highland Airways Ltd label, printed 'Highland Airways/Last Air Mail/2nd May 1938'

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Date: 1938, May 3
Est. price: £15.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Kirkwall to Inverness, Scottish Airways take over service from Highland Airways, first flight by Scottish Airways, printed souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d canc Kirkwall/Orkney/2 May 38, red/blue/white Highland Airways Ltd label, printed 'Highland Airways/Last Air Mail/2nd May 1938'
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Lot Number: 246

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, new timetable, Liverpool replaces Manchester and Birmingham, first direct flight Liverpool to Belfast, airmail etiquette cover posted on arrival, franked 1 1/2d canc Belfast/1 Nov/34 cds, also fine boxed purple 'Railway Air Service 3d paid' and 'Liverpool, Lime St' and 'First Flight' cachets applied in Liverpool. This was the first time that Liverpool was put into regular aerial communication with Scotland and Ireland.

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Date: 1934, Nov 1
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, new timetable, Liverpool replaces Manchester and Birmingham, first direct flight Liverpool to Belfast, airmail etiquette cover posted on arrival, franked 1 1/2d canc Belfast/1 Nov/34 cds, also fine boxed purple 'Railway Air Service 3d paid' and 'Liverpool, Lime St' and 'First Flight' cachets applied in Liverpool. This was the first time that Liverpool was put into regular aerial communication with Scotland and Ireland.
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Lot Number: 242

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight cover to Cowes Isle of Wight cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface receiving theCowes 21 Aug backstamp. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue. Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £200.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight cover to Cowes Isle of Wight cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface receiving theCowes 21 Aug backstamp. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue. Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).
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Lot Number: 241

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight commercial cover to Enfield cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue.Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £200.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight commercial cover to Enfield cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue.Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).
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Lot Number: 281

(Greece) Aero Espresso Italiana, Mytilene replaces Lemnos on the Athens - Istanbul route, F/F Mytilene to Istanbul, b/s 19/2, cover franked 1Dr + 5Dr AEI air surcharge, violet five line first flight cachet. Written up and displayed on album page.

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Date: 1930, Feb 18
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Greece

Description: Aero Espresso Italiana, Mytilene replaces Lemnos on the Athens - Istanbul route, F/F Mytilene to Istanbul, b/s 19/2, cover franked 1Dr + 5Dr AEI air surcharge, violet five line first flight cachet. Written up and displayed on album page.
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Lot Number: 330

(Ireland) Pan Am FAM 18 F/F Foynes-Shediac, Canada, b/s, Foynes purple departure cachet on front, attractive red/white blue 'First Flight/Transatlantic/By Air Mail' Clipper souvenir cover.

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Date: 1939, Jun 30
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Ireland

Description: Pan Am FAM 18 F/F Foynes-Shediac, Canada, b/s, Foynes purple departure cachet on front, attractive red/white blue 'First Flight/Transatlantic/By Air Mail' Clipper souvenir cover.
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Lot Number: 328

(Iraq) Imperial Airways England-India via Baghdad, first regular service Baghdad to Karachi, bs 6/4,  plain cover franked 4 1/2a canc. Baghdad cds, scarce purple oval cachet "Airmail/England-India Route/Baghdad/April 3, 1929/First Flight".

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Date: 1929, Apr 4
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Iraq

Description: Imperial Airways England-India via Baghdad, first regular service Baghdad to Karachi, bs 6/4, plain cover franked 4 1/2a canc. Baghdad cds, scarce purple oval cachet "Airmail/England-India Route/Baghdad/April 3, 1929/First Flight".
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Lot Number: 329

(Iraq) Baghdad to Vienna, no arrival ds, via Cairo, 10/4 transit cds, carried on Imperial Airways F/F Baghdad to England, franked 6a canc Baghdad Cantonement dr cds, blue/cream "Air Mail/Baghdad-London" corner cover ms "First Flight".

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Date: 1929, Apr 8
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Iraq

Description: Baghdad to Vienna, no arrival ds, via Cairo, 10/4 transit cds, carried on Imperial Airways F/F Baghdad to England, franked 6a canc Baghdad Cantonement dr cds, blue/cream "Air Mail/Baghdad-London" corner cover ms "First Flight".
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Lot Number: 323

(India) Cawnpore to Brisbane, bs 21/12, red/white/blue 'Kangaroo' souvenir cover, franked 11a, canc Cawnpore cds. Imperial Airways and Qantas Empire Airways combined to operate the first regular through service from England to Australia, the first flight left London on 8 December and, travelling via India, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies and Darwin, and reached Brisbane on 21 December, (ref Brown J, Indian Air Mails, 1995).

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Date: 1934, Dec 14
Est. price: £70.00
Category: India

Description: Cawnpore to Brisbane, bs 21/12, red/white/blue 'Kangaroo' souvenir cover, franked 11a, canc Cawnpore cds. Imperial Airways and Qantas Empire Airways combined to operate the first regular through service from England to Australia, the first flight left London on 8 December and, travelling via India, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies and Darwin, and reached Brisbane on 21 December, (ref Brown J, Indian Air Mails, 1995).
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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: 315

(India) Return First Experimental England-Australia flight, Calcutta to Allahabad, bs 4/5, franked 3annas, fine strike violet two line "First Flight, Australia-England/City of Karachi", printed Wellesley Dental Surgery corner cover addressed in hand of Stephen Smith. 142 items were collected from Calcutta for Allahabad.

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Date: 1931, May 1
Est. price: £40.00
Category: India

Description: Return First Experimental England-Australia flight, Calcutta to Allahabad, bs 4/5, franked 3annas, fine strike violet two line "First Flight, Australia-England/City of Karachi", printed Wellesley Dental Surgery corner cover addressed in hand of Stephen Smith. 142 items were collected from Calcutta for Allahabad.
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Lot Number: 322

(India) Cover flown Multan to Karachi leg of the first weekly service between Karachi and Lahore, b/s 5/12, violet "First Flight Karachi-Lahore" hs, black boxed "Lahore-Karachi 4 Dec.34 First Airmail" cachet, etiquette tied by black boxed "Karachi Cancelled" Jusqua (McQueen p 76), Indian National Airways.

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Date: 1934, Dec 4
Est. price: £8.00
Category: India

Description: Cover flown Multan to Karachi leg of the first weekly service between Karachi and Lahore, b/s 5/12, violet "First Flight Karachi-Lahore" hs, black boxed "Lahore-Karachi 4 Dec.34 First Airmail" cachet, etiquette tied by black boxed "Karachi Cancelled" Jusqua (McQueen p 76), Indian National Airways.
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Lot Number: 326

(India) TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bhuj to Bombay, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 1anna x2, airmail etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Cancelled/Bombay/16 APR 37' hs. Only 24 hours notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57.

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Date: 1937, Apr 16
Est. price: £15.00
Category: India

Description: TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bhuj to Bombay, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 1anna x2, airmail etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Cancelled/Bombay/16 APR 37' hs. Only 24 hours notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57.
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Lot Number: 327

(India) TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bhuj to Madras, bs 18/4, b/s, printed "First Flight" etiquette cover franked 1anna x2. Only two day's notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57.

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Date: 1937, Apr 16
Est. price: £15.00
Category: India

Description: TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bhuj to Madras, bs 18/4, b/s, printed "First Flight" etiquette cover franked 1anna x2. Only two day's notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57.
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Lot Number: 591

(Ephemera) KLM  The Fokker F.VII, also known as the Fokker Trimotor, was an airliner produced in the 1920s by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. One of these planes was used in 1924 for the first flight from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies. B&W photocard, used.

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Date: Picture postcards
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: KLM The Fokker F.VII, also known as the Fokker Trimotor, was an airliner produced in the 1920s by the Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. One of these planes was used in 1924 for the first flight from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies. B&W photocard, used.
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Lot Number: 518

(United States) First Pan American & Imperial Airways Round the World Flight  New York-New York via France, Thailand, Hong Kong and Hawaii. A quadruple first flight cover being a first acceptance for the carriage of US mail for Marseilles (FAM 18), Bangkok and Hong Kong (FAM 18 and Imperial Airways) via the inaugural Pan Am Southern Atlantic route, then FAM 14 to San Francisco and United Airlines to New York on the final legs of this first PAA/IAW round the world flight.  Airmail cover, 22x11cm, postmarked New York 20/5, Marseilles 22/5 and New York 13/6 and official US/Pam flight cachet.. Displayed on three album pages including press cuttings, a compliments slip signed by William van Dusen, and a detailed explanation of route, dates, and postage costs. An superb exhibit item.

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Date: 1939, May 20
Est. price: £250.00
Category: United States

Description: First Pan American & Imperial Airways Round the World Flight New York-New York via France, Thailand, Hong Kong and Hawaii. A quadruple first flight cover being a first acceptance for the carriage of US mail for Marseilles (FAM 18), Bangkok and Hong Kong (FAM 18 and Imperial Airways) via the inaugural Pan Am Southern Atlantic route, then FAM 14 to San Francisco and United Airlines to New York on the final legs of this first PAA/IAW round the world flight. Airmail cover, 22x11cm, postmarked New York 20/5, Marseilles 22/5 and New York 13/6 and official US/Pam flight cachet.. Displayed on three album pages including press cuttings, a compliments slip signed by William van Dusen, and a detailed explanation of route, dates, and postage costs. An superb exhibit item.
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Lot Number: 520

(United States) 

A fascinating triple/quadruple short paid first flight cover being a first acceptance of US mail for England (FAM 18), for Bangkok and Hong Kong (FAM 18 and Imperial Airways) for carriage on the inaugural Pan Am North Atlantic route. It was then intended for OAT on what would be the first FAM 18 Pan American & Imperial Airways Round the World Flight  New York-England-Bangkok-Hong Kong-Honolulu-San Francisco-New York. But the postage paid at Hong Kong was insufficient for transport by, so it completed its journey by sea.. Airmail cover, 22x11cm, postmarked New York 24/6/39, London 29/6, Victoria HK 8/7, and New York 8/8, FAM 18 F/F cachet, black 'T' in circle and red 'Postage Due (ms 4) Cents', Displayed on three album pages including the original USPO document dated 7 August (see web site scan) and a detailed explanation of route, dates, and postage costs. An exceptional exhibit item.

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Date: 1939, Jun 24
Est. price: £250.00
Category: United States

Description: A fascinating triple/quadruple short paid first flight cover being a first acceptance of US mail for England (FAM 18), for Bangkok and Hong Kong (FAM 18 and Imperial Airways) for carriage on the inaugural Pan Am North Atlantic route. It was then intended for OAT on what would be the first FAM 18 Pan American & Imperial Airways Round the World Flight New York-England-Bangkok-Hong Kong-Honolulu-San Francisco-New York. But the postage paid at Hong Kong was insufficient for transport by, so it completed its journey by sea.. Airmail cover, 22x11cm, postmarked New York 24/6/39, London 29/6, Victoria HK 8/7, and New York 8/8, FAM 18 F/F cachet, black 'T' in circle and red 'Postage Due (ms 4) Cents', Displayed on three album pages including the original USPO document dated 7 August (see web site scan) and a detailed explanation of route, dates, and postage costs. An exceptional exhibit item.
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Lot Number: 512

(United States) First airmail to American Samoa, posted from USS 'Chicago' to PagPago, 16/5 arrival ds, plain cover franked 5c, violet framed "First Flight/Air Mail/American Samoa".

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Date: 1931, May 16
Est. price: £25.00
Category: United States

Description: First airmail to American Samoa, posted from USS 'Chicago' to PagPago, 16/5 arrival ds, plain cover franked 5c, violet framed "First Flight/Air Mail/American Samoa".
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Lot Number: 510

(Trinidad) Scarce British West Indian Airways F/F Port of Spain to Kingston, Jamaica, partial strike red circular Kingston/TRI arrival mark verso, registered (label) Salvation Army airmail cover franked 7c, blue framed "First Flight BWI Airways/Trinidad-Jamaica.

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Date: 1944, Dec 14
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Trinidad

Description: Scarce British West Indian Airways F/F Port of Spain to Kingston, Jamaica, partial strike red circular Kingston/TRI arrival mark verso, registered (label) Salvation Army airmail cover franked 7c, blue framed "First Flight BWI Airways/Trinidad-Jamaica.
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Lot Number: 507

(Tanganyika) Mwapa, East Africa to Wayville, South Australia, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 110c canc Mwapa 30 Nov 45, ms 'By Air Mail', likely carried on the 1945, Dec 3 Qantas 'Liberator' Kangaroo Service, F/F Colombo to Sydney, via Gawler where this cover was unloaded. This the final Isom cover, the last in the wartime correspondence between a DA Davis, a single man farming in Tanganyika and a Miss Isom. On the flap there is a note 'Your air letter received. Hope you can sail as soon as you are ready". A rare non philatelic first flight combined with a piece of wartime social history.

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Date: 1945, Nov 30
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Tanganyika

Description: Mwapa, East Africa to Wayville, South Australia, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 110c canc Mwapa 30 Nov 45, ms 'By Air Mail', likely carried on the 1945, Dec 3 Qantas 'Liberator' Kangaroo Service, F/F Colombo to Sydney, via Gawler where this cover was unloaded. This the final Isom cover, the last in the wartime correspondence between a DA Davis, a single man farming in Tanganyika and a Miss Isom. On the flap there is a note 'Your air letter received. Hope you can sail as soon as you are ready". A rare non philatelic first flight combined with a piece of wartime social history.
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Lot Number: 496

(Sudan) F/F Juba to London, Imperial Airways/Airways House/London arrival cachet verso, carried on return of inaugural London to East Africa service, black "First Flight Khartoum to London" "biplane" cachet,  blue"map" souvenir cover, Imperial Airways. By rail Cairo-Alexandria (Pullman Express) and Athens-Paris (Simplon Orient Express).

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Date: 1931, Mar 10
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Sudan

Description: F/F Juba to London, Imperial Airways/Airways House/London arrival cachet verso, carried on return of inaugural London to East Africa service, black "First Flight Khartoum to London" "biplane" cachet, blue"map" souvenir cover, Imperial Airways. By rail Cairo-Alexandria (Pullman Express) and Athens-Paris (Simplon Orient Express).
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Lot Number: 486

(St Vincent) Rare St Vincent "Hummingbird" flight to Barbados, bs 30/7, plain cover franked 1 1/2d canc St Vincent/29 JY 32 cds, typed "Special First Flight St Vincent to Barbados/by Humming Bird".

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Date: 1932, Jul 29
Est. price: £40.00
Category: St Vincent

Description: Rare St Vincent "Hummingbird" flight to Barbados, bs 30/7, plain cover franked 1 1/2d canc St Vincent/29 JY 32 cds, typed "Special First Flight St Vincent to Barbados/by Humming Bird".
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Lot Number: 467

(Southern Rhodesia) Imperial Airways F/F Salisbury to Bulawayo, bs 20/12, Springbok cover franked 4d, violet straight line "Experimental Flight" hs, typed 'First Flight/Salisbury-Blawayo'.

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Date: 1931, Dec 19
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Southern Rhodesia

Description: Imperial Airways F/F Salisbury to Bulawayo, bs 20/12, Springbok cover franked 4d, violet straight line "Experimental Flight" hs, typed 'First Flight/Salisbury-Blawayo'.
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Lot Number: 466

(South West Africa) Outjo to Windhoek, bs 25/8, new West Coast service, South to South West Africa and Angola, violet straight line "First Flight West Coast" cachet. Only three flights on this service before war broke out when service was abandoned due to lack of support. Scarce.

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Date: 1939, Aug 25
Est. price: £25.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: Outjo to Windhoek, bs 25/8, new West Coast service, South to South West Africa and Angola, violet straight line "First Flight West Coast" cachet. Only three flights on this service before war broke out when service was abandoned due to lack of support. Scarce.
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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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