Lot Number: 63

(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: £50.00 £42.50
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: 78

(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: 83

(Australia) F/F Adelaide to Broken Hill, bs 26/11, plain cover franked 5d, canc Ships Mailroom/Melbourne/25 Nov, typed 'First Flight/Adelaide-Broken Hill'.

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Date: 1935, Nov 25
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: Australia

Description: F/F Adelaide to Broken Hill, bs 26/11, plain cover franked 5d, canc Ships Mailroom/Melbourne/25 Nov, typed 'First Flight/Adelaide-Broken Hill'.

Lot Number: 158

(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: £65.00 £55.25
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: 159

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, Shanghai to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.45, fine official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet,  fine blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet , also nice violet "Via CNAC - Hongkong/and by US Air Service" and "Shanghai to San Francisco" cachets also on front. Super item.

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £70.00 £59.50
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, Shanghai to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.45, fine official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, fine blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet , also nice violet "Via CNAC - Hongkong/and by US Air Service" and "Shanghai to San Francisco" cachets also on front. Super item.

Lot Number: 261

(GB External) F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to New Guinea, bs Salamau 10/8, via Townsville, Aust. 8/8, franked 1 1/2d, typed "First Flight/to/New Guinea/at/1 1/2d Rate", plain cover, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £25.00 £21.25
Category: GB External

Description: F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to New Guinea, bs Salamau 10/8, via Townsville, Aust. 8/8, franked 1 1/2d, typed "First Flight/to/New Guinea/at/1 1/2d Rate", plain cover, Imperial Airways.

Lot Number: 302

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, a scarce first flight, Douglas to London, bs 21 Aug Aug 34, via Manchester, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to London, an official cover franked KGV 1 1/2d and postmarked 'Douglas Isle of Man/ 10am/20 Aug 1934', typed "By Air from Isle of Man to London". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are rare due to an error made by RAS officials at Douglas, who posted the bulk of the souvenir mail after the plane had left for Manchester. These bear a 4pm postmark. Only a handful were posted in time for the flight - these are postmarked 10am.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, a scarce first flight, Douglas to London, bs 21 Aug Aug 34, via Manchester, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to London, an official cover franked KGV 1 1/2d and postmarked 'Douglas Isle of Man/ 10am/20 Aug 1934', typed "By Air from Isle of Man to London". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are rare due to an error made by RAS officials at Douglas, who posted the bulk of the souvenir mail after the plane had left for Manchester. These bear a 4pm postmark. Only a handful were posted in time for the flight - these are postmarked 10am.

Lot Number: 403

(India) Scarce first flight, IAW/IATCA Allahabad to London, red/blue/wjite souvenir cover franked 3p, 1/2a/6a canc double ring Allahabad GPO cds, black rectangular 'Cacutta-Karachi/11 Jly 33/First Air Mail' hs.

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Date: 1933, Jul 11
Est. price: £35.00 £29.75
Category: India

Description: Scarce first flight, IAW/IATCA Allahabad to London, red/blue/wjite souvenir cover franked 3p, 1/2a/6a canc double ring Allahabad GPO cds, black rectangular 'Cacutta-Karachi/11 Jly 33/First Air Mail' hs.

Lot Number: 443

(Jamaica) British West Indian Airways, F/F Kingston to Nassau, no arrival ds, airmail cover franked 8d, large black framed "British West Indian Airways/Kingston-Nassau/First Flight/April 2nd 1950".

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Date: 1950, Apr 2
Est. price: £12.00 £10.20
Category: Jamaica

Description: British West Indian Airways, F/F Kingston to Nassau, no arrival ds, airmail cover franked 8d, large black framed "British West Indian Airways/Kingston-Nassau/First Flight/April 2nd 1950".

Lot Number: 639

(South West Africa) SWA Regular Feeder Service, F/F Windhoek to Kimberley, registered (hs) Imperial Airways 'Springbok' cover franked 3d and 4d pairs and 4d, special dated 'Windhoek-Kimberley' first flight cachet front and verso, small circular 'Windhoek/Airmail/26.1.32' on front, and scarce RLS Windhoek/S.W.Africa (old type German) postmark verso.

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Date: 1932, Jan 26
Est. price: £20.00 £17.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: SWA Regular Feeder Service, F/F Windhoek to Kimberley, registered (hs) Imperial Airways 'Springbok' cover franked 3d and 4d pairs and 4d, special dated 'Windhoek-Kimberley' first flight cachet front and verso, small circular 'Windhoek/Airmail/26.1.32' on front, and scarce RLS Windhoek/S.W.Africa (old type German) postmark verso.

Lot Number: 690

(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 £21.25
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".

Lot Number: 723

(Wake Island) 1935 Navy Survey Flight to Wake Island - tied 2/25/35 - Manila, PI - original flight to Guam and then to Wake Island and ending in Hawaii, long envelope self addressed to Lt J.Johnson USN (Pilot) aboard USS Nitro with black/white 'First Flight // Wake Island' cachet  and 'Fleet Air Base/Pearl Harbour/Hawaii/Mar 15 1935' arrival hs. Very scarce, identical cover retails at 640 USD

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Date: 1935, Feb 25
Est. price: £250.00 £212.50
Category: Wake Island

Description: 1935 Navy Survey Flight to Wake Island - tied 2/25/35 - Manila, PI - original flight to Guam and then to Wake Island and ending in Hawaii, long envelope self addressed to Lt J.Johnson USN (Pilot) aboard USS Nitro with black/white 'First Flight // Wake Island' cachet and 'Fleet Air Base/Pearl Harbour/Hawaii/Mar 15 1935' arrival hs. Very scarce, identical cover retails at 640 USD