Lot Number: 11

(Australia) W.A.Airways Ltd, first flight Perth to Adelaide, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 4 1/2d, canc Perth 4th JUNE, 1929, red/black "See/By Air Mail/Western Queensland" vignette, typed "By First Air Mail Flight/Perth-Adelaide". This flight was scheduled for 2nd June, but was delayed until 4th June when but a small portion of the eastern mails was taken by a small plane to Kalgoorie. The bulk of the intended eastern F/F mail was flown to Adelaide on June 5th. This particular cover is one of the few carried on June 4th.

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Date: 1929, Jun 4
Est. price: £40.00 £34.00
Category: Australia

Description: W.A.Airways Ltd, first flight Perth to Adelaide, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 4 1/2d, canc Perth 4th JUNE, 1929, red/black "See/By Air Mail/Western Queensland" vignette, typed "By First Air Mail Flight/Perth-Adelaide". This flight was scheduled for 2nd June, but was delayed until 4th June when but a small portion of the eastern mails was taken by a small plane to Kalgoorie. The bulk of the intended eastern F/F mail was flown to Adelaide on June 5th. This particular cover is one of the few carried on June 4th.

Lot Number: 23

(Australia) Aircrafts Pty Ltd, F/F Brisbane to Cracow, bs 3/2, plain cover franked 5d, typed "By First Flight/Brisbane to Cracow".

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Date: 1934, Feb 3
Est. price: £20.00 £17.00
Category: Australia

Description: Aircrafts Pty Ltd, F/F Brisbane to Cracow, bs 3/2, plain cover franked 5d, typed "By First Flight/Brisbane to Cracow".

Lot Number: 46

(Australia) New England Airways Ltd, F/F Brisbane-Townsville, bs 16/9, registered (label) Eustis corner cover franked 6d Air Mail Service (SG 139) + 2d,/s, typed "Brisbane-Townsville/First Flight".

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Date: 1935, Sep 15
Est. price: £20.00 £17.00
Category: Australia

Description: New England Airways Ltd, F/F Brisbane-Townsville, bs 16/9, registered (label) Eustis corner cover franked 6d Air Mail Service (SG 139) + 2d,/s, typed "Brisbane-Townsville/First Flight".

Lot Number: 129

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds, fine official circular green "China-USA First Flight",  violet "Hong Kong to San Francisco/Via CNAC HongKong.....", and brown "First Air  Mail/China to USA" cachet s on front, also 'Received First Flght' hs and typed 'Hold For First Flight', Lovely item

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £55.00 £46.75
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds, fine official circular green "China-USA First Flight", violet "Hong Kong to San Francisco/Via CNAC HongKong.....", and brown "First Air Mail/China to USA" cachet s on front, also 'Received First Flght' hs and typed 'Hold For First Flight', Lovely item

Lot Number: 263

(GB Internal) Scottish Airways F/F Glasgow to Campbeltown air mail service, bs 2/11 11.15am, company cover with logo on flap franked 1 1/2d canc Glasgow 8am, yellow/black publicity label with details of stage flown. The Company gave no advance notice of the date of the first flights, so this item is scarce. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1939, Oct 2
Est. price: £75.00 £63.75
Category: GB Internal

Description: Scottish Airways F/F Glasgow to Campbeltown air mail service, bs 2/11 11.15am, company cover with logo on flap franked 1 1/2d canc Glasgow 8am, yellow/black publicity label with details of stage flown. The Company gave no advance notice of the date of the first flights, so this item is scarce. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Lot Number: 383

(Malta) F/F Valleta to Allahabad bs 11/6, via Alexandria 28/5, Cairo 30/5 and Karachi 7/6, first acceptance of mail from Malta to India for carriage on the new Imperial Airways service from London to Iraq, registered (label) cover franked 6d Air opt. & 3d &1 1/2d ordinary, stamps canc 'GPO/My 23/28/Malta' cds, violet 'Registered' hs, ms 'Per Air Mail'. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then  RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service to Gaza, then surface to Beyrouth. The Malta Government Notices of March 20 and 28, 1928 notified that, as of 1st April, 1928, mails for Iraq, Persia, NE Arabia and NW India "will be accepted for carriage by the UK Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). For confirmation of first flight status of this cover see The Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle, Study Paper No 29, 2000, pp 4&9. A scarce item with superb routing. Non invasive ironed vertical crease barely visible from the front, see scan.

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Date: 1928, May 23
Est. price: £175.00 £148.75
Category: Malta

Description: F/F Valleta to Allahabad bs 11/6, via Alexandria 28/5, Cairo 30/5 and Karachi 7/6, first acceptance of mail from Malta to India for carriage on the new Imperial Airways service from London to Iraq, registered (label) cover franked 6d Air opt. & 3d &1 1/2d ordinary, stamps canc 'GPO/My 23/28/Malta' cds, violet 'Registered' hs, ms 'Per Air Mail'. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service to Gaza, then surface to Beyrouth. The Malta Government Notices of March 20 and 28, 1928 notified that, as of 1st April, 1928, mails for Iraq, Persia, NE Arabia and NW India "will be accepted for carriage by the UK Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). For confirmation of first flight status of this cover see The Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle, Study Paper No 29, 2000, pp 4&9. A scarce item with superb routing. Non invasive ironed vertical crease barely visible from the front, see scan.

Lot Number: 411

(New Zealand) Union Airways, F/F Dunedin to Gisborne, bs 31/10, printed buff/green souvenir cover 'First Flight/Sunday Airmail Service' and 'New Zealand Official Air Mail' with drawing in green of DH 86, franked 2 1/2d.

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Date: 1937, Oct 31
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: New Zealand

Description: Union Airways, F/F Dunedin to Gisborne, bs 31/10, printed buff/green souvenir cover 'First Flight/Sunday Airmail Service' and 'New Zealand Official Air Mail' with drawing in green of DH 86, franked 2 1/2d.

Lot Number: 466

(Papua and New Guinea) Guinea Airways Junkers Seaplane VH-UNM, F/F Lake Kutubu to Port Moresby, plain cover franked 2d, canc Port Moresby cds, typed 'First Flight Lake Kutubu to Port Moresby via Kikori', delayed arrival at Port Moresby endorsed by Ivan Champion, Asst District Commissioner, signed by the pilot Aubrey Koch, only 17 covers  carried, AAMC P121 $600. A scarce item in fine condition.

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Date: 1937, Oct 31
Est. price: £175.00 £148.75
Category: Papua and New Guinea

Description: Guinea Airways Junkers Seaplane VH-UNM, F/F Lake Kutubu to Port Moresby, plain cover franked 2d, canc Port Moresby cds, typed 'First Flight Lake Kutubu to Port Moresby via Kikori', delayed arrival at Port Moresby endorsed by Ivan Champion, Asst District Commissioner, signed by the pilot Aubrey Koch, only 17 covers carried, AAMC P121 $600. A scarce item in fine condition.

Lot Number: 482

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) NIGERIA TO SCOTLAND, MAIDUGURI TO KIRKWALL,  Delayed F/F, Elders Colonial AW/Imperial AW West Africa Feeder Service to Khartoum WAN2 by Daedalus (the first northbound feeder service to carry mail, see Wingent p179,80) then transferred to IAW South Africa - GB service AS319 carried to Cairo/Athens one day late by Hannibal, to London 25/2 by Scipio, and on by air to Kirkwall 26/2. Plain etiquette cover, franked  6d canc Maiduguri cds,  "First Flight/Airmail" hs. Only small mail from Maiduguri, see West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2012. Few hinge marks on flap, see image.

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Date: 1936, Feb 16
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: NIGERIA TO SCOTLAND, MAIDUGURI TO KIRKWALL, Delayed F/F, Elders Colonial AW/Imperial AW West Africa Feeder Service to Khartoum WAN2 by Daedalus (the first northbound feeder service to carry mail, see Wingent p179,80) then transferred to IAW South Africa - GB service AS319 carried to Cairo/Athens one day late by Hannibal, to London 25/2 by Scipio, and on by air to Kirkwall 26/2. Plain etiquette cover, franked 6d canc Maiduguri cds, "First Flight/Airmail" hs. Only small mail from Maiduguri, see West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2012. Few hinge marks on flap, see image.

Lot Number: 591

(United States) FAM 5 New Orleans service to Guatemala City, New Orleans to Managua, 13/6 arrival de on front, Pan Am red/blue/pale grey souvenir airmail cover, 24cmx 10cm, imprint etiquette "First Flight/Airmail/New Orleans/To/Managua/June 13 1945", large black framed 'Vuelo Inaugural/Ruta/New Orleans-Panama'. Scarce, this particlar leg is currently unlisted.

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Date: 1943, Jun 13
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: United States

Description: FAM 5 New Orleans service to Guatemala City, New Orleans to Managua, 13/6 arrival de on front, Pan Am red/blue/pale grey souvenir airmail cover, 24cmx 10cm, imprint etiquette "First Flight/Airmail/New Orleans/To/Managua/June 13 1945", large black framed 'Vuelo Inaugural/Ruta/New Orleans-Panama'. Scarce, this particlar leg is currently unlisted.