Lot Number: 706

(Ephemera) DH.14A, a two-seat long-range mail plane registered G-EAPY, was bought by F.S. Cotton who intended to try for the Australian government's £10,000 prize for a flight between England and Australia. His plans were overtaken by events when Keith and Ross Smith won the prize before Cotton was ready. The aircraft did attempt the first flight between London and Cape Town in February 1920, but it only got as far as Italy, where it force-landed near Messina. B&W photograph published by Real Photographs Co Ltd, 14x9cm.

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Date: Photographs
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: DH.14A, a two-seat long-range mail plane registered G-EAPY, was bought by F.S. Cotton who intended to try for the Australian government's £10,000 prize for a flight between England and Australia. His plans were overtaken by events when Keith and Ross Smith won the prize before Cotton was ready. The aircraft did attempt the first flight between London and Cape Town in February 1920, but it only got as far as Italy, where it force-landed near Messina. B&W photograph published by Real Photographs Co Ltd, 14x9cm.
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Lot Number: 667

(Zanzibar) Imperial Airways, F/F First Stage EAMS, Zanzibar to Mombassa, plain cover franked 20c, canc black boxed "Post Office Zanzibar Empire Airmail Northbound First Flight Cover 1st July 1937" cachet, no b/s, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1937, Jul 1
Est. price: £16.00
Category: Zanzibar

Description: Imperial Airways, F/F First Stage EAMS, Zanzibar to Mombassa, plain cover franked 20c, canc black boxed "Post Office Zanzibar Empire Airmail Northbound First Flight Cover 1st July 1937" cachet, no b/s, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 664

(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: £375.00
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
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Lot Number: 629

(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: £40.00
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.
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Lot Number: 626

(United States) Pan Am FAM 18 F/F New York-Shediac, magenta official cachet on front, dark blue/white/red 'TransAtlanticFirst Flight' souvenir cover, signed by pilot Capt. Harold Grey.

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Date: 1939, Jun 24
Est. price: £25.00
Category: United States

Description: Pan Am FAM 18 F/F New York-Shediac, magenta official cachet on front, dark blue/white/red 'TransAtlanticFirst Flight' souvenir cover, signed by pilot Capt. Harold Grey.
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Lot Number: 616

(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: £30.00
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: 607

(Sweden) Sweden acceptance, for the F/F Imperial Airways Southampton to Montreal, via New York 6/8, airmail etiquette cover franked 75 ore, canc Laholm cds, typed 'With First Flight Southampton-Montreal'. IAW acceptances from Sweden are scarce.

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Date: 1939, Aug 3
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Sweden

Description: Sweden acceptance, for the F/F Imperial Airways Southampton to Montreal, via New York 6/8, airmail etiquette cover franked 75 ore, canc Laholm cds, typed 'With First Flight Southampton-Montreal'. IAW acceptances from Sweden are scarce.
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Lot Number: 604

(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: £30.00
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.
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Lot Number: 597

(South Africa) Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service, Durban to PEA, bs Beira 6/6 and Beira 6/6 tying triangular Company de Mocambique 30c,attractive blue/white souvenir cover printed 'First Flight/Seaplane Service Between/Durban-England'

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Date: 1937, Jun 6
Est. price: £25.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service, Durban to PEA, bs Beira 6/6 and Beira 6/6 tying triangular Company de Mocambique 30c,attractive blue/white souvenir cover printed 'First Flight/Seaplane Service Between/Durban-England'
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Lot Number: 583

(South Africa) 1911 First South African Aerial Post, second outward flight with Kenilworth date error, Kenilworth to Muizenberg, souvenir card franked Cape of Good Hope 1/2d, tied by Kenilworth Dec 27 special postmark, alongside a Muizenberg Dec-30 special postmark ,and  Muizenberg 3 Jan and Three Anchor Bay arrival date stamps. When originally posted, a small number of second outward flight cards, such as this one, mistakenly received a 'Dec 27' (date of first flight) instead of the correct 'Dec 30' cachet. No more than 15 such are thought to exist, ref Arrow N. pers. com., and South African Airmails, 2nd Ed, Arrow N. # A.12.1a (i). Slight wear around the edges, otherwise fine.

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Date: 1911, Dec 27
Est. price: £375.00
Category: South Africa

Description: 1911 First South African Aerial Post, second outward flight with Kenilworth date error, Kenilworth to Muizenberg, souvenir card franked Cape of Good Hope 1/2d, tied by Kenilworth Dec 27 special postmark, alongside a Muizenberg Dec-30 special postmark ,and Muizenberg 3 Jan and Three Anchor Bay arrival date stamps. When originally posted, a small number of second outward flight cards, such as this one, mistakenly received a 'Dec 27' (date of first flight) instead of the correct 'Dec 30' cachet. No more than 15 such are thought to exist, ref Arrow N. pers. com., and South African Airmails, 2nd Ed, Arrow N. # A.12.1a (i). Slight wear around the edges, otherwise fine.
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Lot Number: 594

(South Africa) First acceptance of mail from South Africa for carriage on the RANA F/F from Salisbury (Southern Rhodesia) to Blantyre ( Nyasaland), Johannesburg to Chickwawa, bs 11/3, plain cover franked South Africa 4d & 1d, canc Houses of Parliament Cape Town 6th March 1934, black/dark blue airmail etiquette, violet "First Flight Official Air Mail" and black two line "S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland" cachets.

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Date: 1934, Mar 6
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), Johannesburg to Chickwawa, bs 11/3, plain cover franked South Africa 4d & 1d, canc Houses of Parliament Cape Town 6th March 1934, black/dark blue airmail etiquette, violet "First Flight Official Air Mail" and black two line "S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland" cachets.
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Lot Number: 571

(Singapore) First return flight New  Empire Air Mail Scheme, Singapore to Burma, bs Tharrawaddy 4/3, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 8c, typed 'First Flight/Empire Air Mail Scheme/Straits Settlements to/Burma/2nd March 1938'.

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Date: 1938, Mar 1
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Singapore

Description: First return flight New Empire Air Mail Scheme, Singapore to Burma, bs Tharrawaddy 4/3, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 8c, typed 'First Flight/Empire Air Mail Scheme/Straits Settlements to/Burma/2nd March 1938'.
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Lot Number: 559

(Ship to Shore) North Atlantic Catapult, Bremen-New York cover, landpost, franked 75pf canc Hannove/Flughafen cds's,  oval black first flight/2.7.29, and large boxed red Bremen cachets.

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Date: 1929, Jul 22
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Ship to Shore

Description: North Atlantic Catapult, Bremen-New York cover, landpost, franked 75pf canc Hannove/Flughafen cds's, oval black first flight/2.7.29, and large boxed red Bremen cachets.
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Lot Number: 553

(Recovered Interrupted Mail) Windhoek to England, no arrival ds, interrupted first flight, SWA Airways Windhoek-Kimberley, connecting with the first Imperial Airways Cape Town to Croydon service, scarcer Robertson cover franked 3d air bil pair and 10d air, canc  'Windhoek-Kimberley/ First Air Mail/26.1.32' also small metal die 'Air Mail' ds applied at Windhoek. The 'City of Basra' was damaged at take off at Salisbury and mail was transferred to the 'City of Delhi', which then had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather near Broken Hill. Mail was then transferred to City of Baghdad, and arrived in Nairobi four days later than scheduled, ref Ni 320129 and 320129B.

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Date: 1932, Jan 26
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Recovered Interrupted Mail

Description: Windhoek to England, no arrival ds, interrupted first flight, SWA Airways Windhoek-Kimberley, connecting with the first Imperial Airways Cape Town to Croydon service, scarcer Robertson cover franked 3d air bil pair and 10d air, canc 'Windhoek-Kimberley/ First Air Mail/26.1.32' also small metal die 'Air Mail' ds applied at Windhoek. The 'City of Basra' was damaged at take off at Salisbury and mail was transferred to the 'City of Delhi', which then had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather near Broken Hill. Mail was then transferred to City of Baghdad, and arrived in Nairobi four days later than scheduled, ref Ni 320129 and 320129B.
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Lot Number: 514

(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: £20.00
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.
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Lot Number: 523

(New Zealand) First Flight of theTrans-Pacific air all the way service from New Zealand to England, World War II censored commercial cover from Wellington to Surrey, franked 6/- Fiscal and 3d, violet framed "New Zealand-USA/Air Mail Service/New Caledonia, Canton Is and Hawaii", typed 'Per Trans Pacific Air Mail via USA', sealed black/white NZ censor tape and tied by circular violet "Passed By Censor NZ/35" censor mark. Correctly rated for 'All Air' Pan Am FAM19 Auckland to San Francisco, US internal air service to New York, Pan Am FAM 18 to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to London,  A short lived rate from 20 Jul 1940 to 9 Sept 1940. See Boyle p 877. Scarce WWII item.

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Date: 1940, Jul 18
Est. price: £250.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: First Flight of theTrans-Pacific air all the way service from New Zealand to England, World War II censored commercial cover from Wellington to Surrey, franked 6/- Fiscal and 3d, violet framed "New Zealand-USA/Air Mail Service/New Caledonia, Canton Is and Hawaii", typed 'Per Trans Pacific Air Mail via USA', sealed black/white NZ censor tape and tied by circular violet "Passed By Censor NZ/35" censor mark. Correctly rated for 'All Air' Pan Am FAM19 Auckland to San Francisco, US internal air service to New York, Pan Am FAM 18 to Lisbon, BOAC/KLM to London, A short lived rate from 20 Jul 1940 to 9 Sept 1940. See Boyle p 877. Scarce WWII item.
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Lot Number: 470

(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: £350.00
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.
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Lot Number: 447

(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
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".
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Lot Number: 407

(India) TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bombay to Bhuj, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 2 annas, canc Bombay GPO cds. Only two days notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57. Also included is a B&W picture of Juhu 
Aerodrome, 12x7cm.

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Date: 1937, Apr 16
Est. price: £12.00
Category: India

Description: TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bombay to Bhuj, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 2 annas, canc Bombay GPO cds. Only two days notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57. Also included is a B&W picture of Juhu Aerodrome, 12x7cm.
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Lot Number: 397

(India) Scarce first flight, IAW/IATCA Allahabad to London, red/blue/wjite siuvenir 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
Category: India

Description: Scarce first flight, IAW/IATCA Allahabad to London, red/blue/wjite siuvenir 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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Lot Number: 408

(India) TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Karachi to Bhuj, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 1anna x2s, canc Karachi Air cds. Only two days 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: £12.00
Category: India

Description: TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Karachi to Bhuj, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 1anna x2s, canc Karachi Air cds. Only two days notice of change were given and, consequently, very few covers were flown, see Brown, p57.
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Lot Number: 406

(India) TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bhuj to Ahmedabad, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 1anna x2, airmail etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Cancelled/Ahmedabad/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: £12.00
Category: India

Description: TATA extension of Madras-Karachi line to Bhuj, F/F Bhuj to Ahmedabad, bs 16/4, printed "First Flight" cover franked 1anna x2, airmail etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Cancelled/Ahmedabad/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: 378

(Hong Kong) F/F Clipper Mail FAM 14, Hong Kong to Honolulu, bs 2/5, attractive and uncommon red/white/blue souvenir cover, franked $1 and 50,25,2,3 ct's, fine strike purple 'Hong Kong to
Honolulu/Received First Flight FAM 14' cachet

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Date: 1937, Apr 19
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Hong Kong

Description: F/F Clipper Mail FAM 14, Hong Kong to Honolulu, bs 2/5, attractive and uncommon red/white/blue souvenir cover, franked $1 and 50,25,2,3 ct's, fine strike purple 'Hong Kong to Honolulu/Received First Flight FAM 14' cachet
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Lot Number: 294

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

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £18.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Belfast to Glasgow, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's violet oval receiving cachet applied at Glasgow.. Signed by pilot Capt Allen.
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Lot Number: 298

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

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Liverpool to Belfast, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's violet receiving cachet applied in Belfast. Signed by pilot Capt Allen.
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Lot Number: 297

(GB Internal) F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to London, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's official green framed two line "Railway Air Services Ltd/Airway Terminus, Victoria,SW!/2 Dec 1935" receiving cachet. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to London, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices, and bearing the Company's official green framed two line "Railway Air Services Ltd/Airway Terminus, Victoria,SW!/2 Dec 1935" receiving cachet. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 296

(GB Internal) F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to Belfast, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, bearing the Company's receiving cachet applied in Belfast.  Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to Belfast, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, bearing the Company's receiving cachet applied in Belfast. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 272

(GB Internal) Railway Air Services, F/F Cardiff to Liverpool, bs 21/8, business postage paid envelope  unfranked 'Postage /will be/paid by/Addressee', green 'First Flight' cachet The business reply paid envelope is unusual, only a few were flown.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Services, F/F Cardiff to Liverpool, bs 21/8, business postage paid envelope unfranked 'Postage /will be/paid by/Addressee', green 'First Flight' cachet The business reply paid envelope is unusual, only a few were flown.
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Lot Number: 268

(GB Internal) Double first flight, Railway Air Services F/F Glasgow to Belfast on the 20th of August 1934, and then re flown on the Scottish Airways 31st of July 1939 F/F between North Ronaldshay and Kirkwall, bs 31/7, official RAS cover, franked 1 1/2d canc Glasgow cds, and 1 1/2d canc North Ronalsdshay cds.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Double first flight, Railway Air Services F/F Glasgow to Belfast on the 20th of August 1934, and then re flown on the Scottish Airways 31st of July 1939 F/F between North Ronaldshay and Kirkwall, bs 31/7, official RAS cover, franked 1 1/2d canc Glasgow cds, and 1 1/2d canc North Ronalsdshay cds.
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Lot Number: 293

(GB Internal) F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first direct flight Glasgow to Liverpool, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices and bearing the Company's official black framed four line "Railway Air/ Services/2 Dec 1935/Liverpool Lime St" receiving cachet, also straight. line "First Flight" hs. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first direct flight Glasgow to Liverpool, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, addressed to the Company offices and bearing the Company's official black framed four line "Railway Air/ Services/2 Dec 1935/Liverpool Lime St" receiving cachet, also straight. line "First Flight" hs. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 295

(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 official green framed two line "Railway Air Services Ltd/Airway Terminus, Victoria,SW!/2 Dec 1935" receiving  Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £25.00
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 official green framed two line "Railway Air Services Ltd/Airway Terminus, Victoria,SW!/2 Dec 1935" receiving Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 252

(GB Internal) Provincial Airways Ltd, inauguration of the third GB Internal Airmail Service, " West Country Air Service", London to Plymouth, 3d orange bi-coloured vignette tied by Southampton 25 Nov 1933 machine cancel applied on arrival, framed "First Flight" cachet, plain cover. The service operated for six days only. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1933, Nov 25
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Provincial Airways Ltd, inauguration of the third GB Internal Airmail Service, " West Country Air Service", London to Plymouth, 3d orange bi-coloured vignette tied by Southampton 25 Nov 1933 machine cancel applied on arrival, framed "First Flight" cachet, plain cover. The service operated for six days only. Francis Field authentication hs verso.
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Lot Number: 253

(GB Internal) Provincial Airways Ltd, inauguration of the third GB Internal Airmail Service, " West Country Air Service", London to Southampton, 3d orange bi-coloured vignette tied by Southampton 25 Nov 1933 machine cancel applied on arrival, framed "First Flight" cachet, plain cover. The service operated for six days only. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1933, Nov 25
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Provincial Airways Ltd, inauguration of the third GB Internal Airmail Service, " West Country Air Service", London to Southampton, 3d orange bi-coloured vignette tied by Southampton 25 Nov 1933 machine cancel applied on arrival, framed "First Flight" cachet, plain cover. The service operated for six days only. Francis Field authentication hs verso.
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Lot Number: 271

(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
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.
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Lot Number: 276

(GB Internal) RAS/Scottish Airways, an unusual double first flight cover flown F/F RAS Glasgow-Manchester 20 Aug 1934, then Scottish Airways first Kirkwall 31 July 1939 to North Ronaldsway 31 July 1939, official RAS souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d from Glasgow, and 1 1/2d again from Kirkwall.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: RAS/Scottish Airways, an unusual double first flight cover flown F/F RAS Glasgow-Manchester 20 Aug 1934, then Scottish Airways first Kirkwall 31 July 1939 to North Ronaldsway 31 July 1939, official RAS souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d from Glasgow, and 1 1/2d again from Kirkwall.
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Lot Number: 269

(GB Internal) First acceptance for Sweden for carriage on the Railway Air Service new air mail service, F/F London to Liverpool, then OAT same day on KLM service to Malmo, Malmo/Luftpost/20.8.34 arrival ds verso, airmail etiquette envelope franked KGV 1/2d, 2d and 3d and postmarked London 20 Aug 1934 1.15pm, typed "1ier Vol. By First Flight/Rail Air Services/20/8/34".

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: First acceptance for Sweden for carriage on the Railway Air Service new air mail service, F/F London to Liverpool, then OAT same day on KLM service to Malmo, Malmo/Luftpost/20.8.34 arrival ds verso, airmail etiquette envelope franked KGV 1/2d, 2d and 3d and postmarked London 20 Aug 1934 1.15pm, typed "1ier Vol. By First Flight/Rail Air Services/20/8/34".
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Lot Number: 333

(GB Internal) BEA All-Up service, Stornoway to Inverness and on to West Calder, Midlothian, 17/2 arrival ds on front, Wotherspoon cover franked 2 1/2d, black two line "First Flight/Stornoway-Inverness/16-2-48" flight cachet.  Believed only 25 flown.

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Date: 1948, Feb 16
Est. price: £45.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: BEA All-Up service, Stornoway to Inverness and on to West Calder, Midlothian, 17/2 arrival ds on front, Wotherspoon cover franked 2 1/2d, black two line "First Flight/Stornoway-Inverness/16-2-48" flight cachet. Believed only 25 flown.
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Lot Number: 332

(GB Internal) BEA All-Up service, Inverness to Stornoway, bs 16/2, Wotherspoon cover franked 2 1/2d, black two line "First Flight/Inverness-Stornoway/16-2-48" flight cachet.  Believed only 25 flown.

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Date: 1948, Feb 16
Est. price: £45.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: BEA All-Up service, Inverness to Stornoway, bs 16/2, Wotherspoon cover franked 2 1/2d, black two line "First Flight/Inverness-Stornoway/16-2-48" flight cachet. Believed only 25 flown.
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Lot Number: 326

(GB Internal) Rare first mail carried by BEA on their new Glasgow - Outer Hebrides service, Glasgow to South Uist, bs 11 Fe 47 cds, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Glasgow 9 Feb , ms "By First Flight of/BEA Service/Renfrew/S.Uist/10th Feb 47". Only about 20 have been traced. A super item in fine condition.

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Date: 1947, Feb 09
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Rare first mail carried by BEA on their new Glasgow - Outer Hebrides service, Glasgow to South Uist, bs 11 Fe 47 cds, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Glasgow 9 Feb , ms "By First Flight of/BEA Service/Renfrew/S.Uist/10th Feb 47". Only about 20 have been traced. A super item in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 224

(GB External) F/F Second Stage EAMS, London to Singapore, correctly rated 1 1/2d, no airmail etiquette (not required), returned  F/F return service to London, 14 Mar 1938 arrival ds, correctly rated Straits Settlements 8c 'All Up' fee and canc Singapore/F 3 Mar 1938 cds, typed 'By First Flight/Empire Airmail/To Malaya', violet framed 'Posted under separate cover Christchurch'.

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Date: 1938, Feb 22
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F Second Stage EAMS, London to Singapore, correctly rated 1 1/2d, no airmail etiquette (not required), returned F/F return service to London, 14 Mar 1938 arrival ds, correctly rated Straits Settlements 8c 'All Up' fee and canc Singapore/F 3 Mar 1938 cds, typed 'By First Flight/Empire Airmail/To Malaya', violet framed 'Posted under separate cover Christchurch'.
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Lot Number: 215

(GB External) F/F New Khartoum to Kano sevice, London to Kano, franked 6d, b/s 16/2, typed 'First Airmail to Kano', violet 'First Flight' hs, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1936, Feb 9
Est. price: £10.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F New Khartoum to Kano sevice, London to Kano, franked 6d, b/s 16/2, typed 'First Airmail to Kano', violet 'First Flight' hs, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 228

(GB External) Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Nauru, bs 25/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, typed 'First Flight to Nauru at 1 1/2d rate'.

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £35.00
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Nauru, bs 25/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, typed 'First Flight to Nauru at 1 1/2d rate'.
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Lot Number: 226

(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
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.
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Lot Number: 186

(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, Ibstock, Leicester to Toronto, no arrival ds, Wheatcroft cover correctly rated 2 1/2d, (to include airmail surcharge), ms 'By the Duchess of Richmond'. 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.

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Date: 1931, May 8
Est. price: £65.00
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, Ibstock, Leicester to Toronto, no arrival ds, Wheatcroft cover correctly rated 2 1/2d, (to include airmail surcharge), ms 'By the Duchess of Richmond'. 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.
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Lot Number: 128

(Costa Rica) Acceptance for Costa Rica for carriage on the KLM/Pan Am Amsterda-Lisbon-New York service, then US internal airlines to San Jose, bs 13/5, registered (label) first flight souvenir cover franked 15c.

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Date: 1940, Apr 28
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Costa Rica

Description: Acceptance for Costa Rica for carriage on the KLM/Pan Am Amsterda-Lisbon-New York service, then US internal airlines to San Jose, bs 13/5, registered (label) first flight souvenir cover franked 15c.
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Lot Number: 125

(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
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.
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Lot Number: 123

(Channel Islands) First flight Guernsey to Southampton, special 'Martin' souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d, canc 22 MY 39..

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Date: 1939, May 22
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Channel Islands

Description: First flight Guernsey to Southampton, special 'Martin' souvenir cover franked 1 1/2d, canc 22 MY 39..
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Lot Number: 112

(Canada) Cherry Red Airline Ltd, F/F Lac La Longe to Ile a la Crosse, bs 25/12, plain cover franked 1c, black two line 'Via Air Mail/First Flight' hs, also black/red/white CL46 tied by red 'Cherry Red Airline Limited' hs,

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Date: 1929, Dec 25
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Canada

Description: Cherry Red Airline Ltd, F/F Lac La Longe to Ile a la Crosse, bs 25/12, plain cover franked 1c, black two line 'Via Air Mail/First Flight' hs, also black/red/white CL46 tied by red 'Cherry Red Airline Limited' hs,
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Lot Number: 116

(Canada) St. Lawrence Seaway  North Atlantic air-sea acceleration service 1927-39, first flight Ottawa to Bradore Bay for various destinations on the occasion of the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa, flown by RCAF, Ottawa to Liverpool, via Bradore Bay 13/7 transit cds, Special Delivery franked 27c inc 13c Special Delivery stamp and FDI 6c on 5c air stamp, canc slogan "By AIR from Ottawa to Belle Isle/1/3 of shortest route to Europe/Jul 12 1932", typed 'Via Airmail/Ottawa-Bradore Bay/Special Delivery', black first flight cachet. 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.

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Date: 1932, Jul 12
Est. price: £55.00
Category: Canada

Description: St. Lawrence Seaway North Atlantic air-sea acceleration service 1927-39, first flight Ottawa to Bradore Bay for various destinations on the occasion of the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa, flown by RCAF, Ottawa to Liverpool, via Bradore Bay 13/7 transit cds, Special Delivery franked 27c inc 13c Special Delivery stamp and FDI 6c on 5c air stamp, canc slogan "By AIR from Ottawa to Belle Isle/1/3 of shortest route to Europe/Jul 12 1932", typed 'Via Airmail/Ottawa-Bradore Bay/Special Delivery', black first flight cachet. 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.
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Lot Number: 83

(Belgium) Brussels to Broken Hill, bs 16/11, scarce Belgium acceptance for F/F Air France/Air Afrique/Regie Malgache Paris-Leopoldville extension to Elisabethville and Madagascar, Van Reet airmail etiquette cover franked  4F05, canc Bruxelles 7/11 cds, red boxed "!ier Service Aerien/Francais Regulier/Europe-Congo-Madagascar" flight cachet. One of only c50 covers to catch the first flight. Due to an error in the official announcement most Belgian acceptances went by the second (ie the first Sabena) flight which left Brussels on 15/11/35. Repaired closed tear verso, hardly visible, see scan,
Francis Field authentcation hs verso.

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Date: 1935, Nov 7
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Belgium

Description: Brussels to Broken Hill, bs 16/11, scarce Belgium acceptance for F/F Air France/Air Afrique/Regie Malgache Paris-Leopoldville extension to Elisabethville and Madagascar, Van Reet airmail etiquette cover franked 4F05, canc Bruxelles 7/11 cds, red boxed "!ier Service Aerien/Francais Regulier/Europe-Congo-Madagascar" flight cachet. One of only c50 covers to catch the first flight. Due to an error in the official announcement most Belgian acceptances went by the second (ie the first Sabena) flight which left Brussels on 15/11/35. Repaired closed tear verso, hardly visible, see scan, Francis Field authentcation hs verso.
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