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(Egypt) RAF Desert Air Mail Service, Cairo to Basrah, bs 28/11, via Baghdad 26/11, red pre-addressed cover as customary with Middle East correspondence at the time franked 40ml canc Cairo cds. The RAF took over control from the Army on October 1, 1922.

Egypt, 1922, Nov 23
RAF Desert Air Mail Service, Cairo to Basrah, bs 28/11, via Baghdad 26/11, red pre-addressed cover as customary with Middle East correspondence at the time franked 40ml canc Cairo cds. The RAF took over control from the Army on October 1, 1922.

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

Egypt, 1926, Jan 9
RAF test flight from Abu Suwer to Khartoum, 11 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by the commanding officer V.C.Stonar, plain cover, franked Egypt 5ml, violet two line "Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" hs. This flight was undertaken by RAF Squadron No. 47 as a test of the Fairey IIID aircraft equipped with the Napier Lion engine, and as a prelude to the Cairo-Cape Town flight planned for later in the year. Little is known about this flight, and only 70 covers were carried. A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in Air Mail News, No 158, p129.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways take over of Cairo-Basrah service from RAF, F/F Cairo to Karachi, bs 20/1,  Smye cover franked 25ml, pink Smye label ' ms 'per 1st Air Mail to India'. Cairo-Basra by air then surface to India.

Egypt, 1927, Jan 11
Imperial Airways take over of Cairo-Basrah service from RAF, F/F Cairo to Karachi, bs 20/1, Smye cover franked 25ml, pink Smye label ' ms 'per 1st Air Mail to India'. Cairo-Basra by air then surface to India.

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(Egypt) F/F Imperial Airways take over of Cairo-Basrah service from RAF, Cairo to Karachi, bs 20/1,  Smye cover franked 25ml, pinke Smye label ms 'per 1st Air Mail to India'. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Egypt, 1927, Jan 11
F/F Imperial Airways take over of Cairo-Basrah service from RAF, Cairo to Karachi, bs 20/1, Smye cover franked 25ml, pinke Smye label ms 'per 1st Air Mail to India'. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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(Egypt) Cairo to Ferozepore (Punjab), b/s 22/1, acceptance of mail for India for carriage on the F/F Cairo-Basrah, 1924 etiquette rated very scarce (Mair), Drossos corner cover franked 27ml, canc Cairo cds. Imperial Airways

Egypt, 1927, Jan 12
Cairo to Ferozepore (Punjab), b/s 22/1, acceptance of mail for India for carriage on the F/F Cairo-Basrah, 1924 etiquette rated very scarce (Mair), Drossos corner cover franked 27ml, canc Cairo cds. Imperial Airways

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways, first acceptance of Egyptian mail for Austria, Cairo-Vienna, 21/4 arrival ds's front and verso, registerd (label) printed Vacuum Oil Company/Cairo (Egypt) corner cover, 21x10cm, franked 27 mm air+20c ordinary, attractive blue/white/black 'Foire Vienne/7-14/Septemre/1930' vignette verso.

Egypt, 1930, Apr 21
Imperial Airways, first acceptance of Egyptian mail for Austria, Cairo-Vienna, 21/4 arrival ds's front and verso, registerd (label) printed Vacuum Oil Company/Cairo (Egypt) corner cover, 21x10cm, franked 27 mm air+20c ordinary, attractive blue/white/black 'Foire Vienne/7-14/Septemre/1930' vignette verso.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways, F/F Alexandria to Khartoum, bs 7/3, registered (label) Frangakis commercial corner cover, franked 27ml air + 3ml ordinary, pale blue/white airmail etiquette.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 3
Imperial Airways, F/F Alexandria to Khartoum, bs 7/3, registered (label) Frangakis commercial corner cover, franked 27ml air + 3ml ordinary, pale blue/white airmail etiquette.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways, F/F Cairo to Khartoum, bs 7/3, registered (label) official blue map cover, franked 27ml air + 10ml ordinary.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 4
Imperial Airways, F/F Cairo to Khartoum, bs 7/3, registered (label) official blue map cover, franked 27ml air + 10ml ordinary.

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Egypt, 1931, Mar 4
F/F Cairo to Mwanza, bs 10/3, carried on Imperial Airways 1st airmail England to Africa, official blue on white 'Map' souvenir cover, franked 47ml inc 27ml air, typed 'First Flight Cairo-Mwanza'.Written up on album leaf with map of route.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Kosti, Sudan, bs 8/3,Wadi Halfa, bs 6/3, official blue "Egypt-East Africa" map cover, franked 27ml air.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 4
Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Kosti, Sudan, bs 8/3,Wadi Halfa, bs 6/3, official blue "Egypt-East Africa" map cover, franked 27ml air.

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(Egypt) F/F Cairo to Mwanza, bs 10/3, carried on Imperial Airways first airmail England to Africa, registered (label) Choukri corner cover franked 27,15,10,3 ml, blue/white airmail etiquette. Returned to sender via Mombassa 16/3 and Port Said 6/4. Interesting.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 4
F/F Cairo to Mwanza, bs 10/3, carried on Imperial Airways first airmail England to Africa, registered (label) Choukri corner cover franked 27,15,10,3 ml, blue/white airmail etiquette. Returned to sender via Mombassa 16/3 and Port Said 6/4. Interesting.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Kisumu, bs 10/3, flown on inaugural England-East Africa service, plain cover franked 27ml air & 20ml ordinary.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 4
Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Kisumu, bs 10/3, flown on inaugural England-East Africa service, plain cover franked 27ml air & 20ml ordinary.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Kisumu, bs 10/3, flown on inaugural England-East Africa service, registered (label) cover franked 27ml air & 21ml ordinary. Sent by the Controller of Posts in plain envelope so possibly a test cover, also violet 'Undelivered for Reasons Stated.', 'Unclaimed', and 'Retour' hs's.  Returned by surface. Interesting and unusual.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 4
Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Kisumu, bs 10/3, flown on inaugural England-East Africa service, registered (label) cover franked 27ml air & 21ml ordinary. Sent by the Controller of Posts in plain envelope so possibly a test cover, also violet 'Undelivered for Reasons Stated.', 'Unclaimed', and 'Retour' hs's. Returned by surface. Interesting and unusual.

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(Egypt) Mail from Egypt to Belgian Congo, Alexandria to Motto Mines, via Aba 14/3 and Juba 8/3, blue map cover from International Airpost and Publishing Service (Impress), correctly franked 15mls basic + 30mls air surcharge, fine strike oval violet 'First Flight/frica-England' cachet.  A well used route from Egypt - Imperial AW to Juba, Societe des Chemons de Fer Vicinaux du Congo mail van from Juba-Aba, and on again by road to Congo. Newall 31.02 d1, rated 80 units. Image.

Egypt, 1931, Mar 05
Mail from Egypt to Belgian Congo, Alexandria to Motto Mines, via Aba 14/3 and Juba 8/3, blue map cover from International Airpost and Publishing Service (Impress), correctly franked 15mls basic + 30mls air surcharge, fine strike oval violet 'First Flight/frica-England' cachet. A well used route from Egypt - Imperial AW to Juba, Societe des Chemons de Fer Vicinaux du Congo mail van from Juba-Aba, and on again by road to Congo. Newall 31.02 d1, rated 80 units. Image.

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Egypt, 1931, Aug 27
Imperial Airways/Simplon Orient Express/Derluft airmail cover, Port Said to Riga, bs 4/9, via Alexandria 28/8 and Berlin C2 3/9, plain cover franked 27ml, canc Port said F 27 Au 31, yellow/black Mit Lufpost etiquette, ms 'Air Mail', uncommon black two line "Par Avion/Jusqu'en Allemagne", red two line "Sanemta Riga (ms 4/II) ar pastu/no (ms fr ?k.le - Riga)" hs on flap. Carried by Imperial Airways/Simplon Orient Express to Germany, then Derluft to Riga. Ironed, non invasive horizontal crease. Interesting.

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(Egypt) First Christmas Air Mail to Southern Rhodesia,  Alexandria to Salisbury, via Mwanza 18/12, Beira 28/12 and Dar es Salaam 23/12, plain cover franked 27ml air x3 canc Alexandria cds, typed 'First Christmas Air Mail to Southern Rhodesia'. Egypt had not agreed to accept mail for the Xmas flight so sent to Mwanza in error. But the Xmas flight did not stop at Mwanza, so this cover was unloaded at Kisumu and sent by a special flight to Mwanza, and from there it was carried to Dar es Salaam via Tabora by theTanganyika National Railway, then by sea to Beira, then by the Mashonoland Railway to Salisbury,  Francis Field authentication hs. Superb routing. See Burrell p46 and Air mails of British Africa p42. Definitely one for the exhibit.

Egypt, 1931, Dec 12
First Christmas Air Mail to Southern Rhodesia, Alexandria to Salisbury, via Mwanza 18/12, Beira 28/12 and Dar es Salaam 23/12, plain cover franked 27ml air x3 canc Alexandria cds, typed 'First Christmas Air Mail to Southern Rhodesia'. Egypt had not agreed to accept mail for the Xmas flight so sent to Mwanza in error. But the Xmas flight did not stop at Mwanza, so this cover was unloaded at Kisumu and sent by a special flight to Mwanza, and from there it was carried to Dar es Salaam via Tabora by theTanganyika National Railway, then by sea to Beira, then by the Mashonoland Railway to Salisbury, Francis Field authentication hs. Superb routing. See Burrell p46 and Air mails of British Africa p42. Definitely one for the exhibit.

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(Egypt) F/F Alexandria to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on Imperial Airways 1st flight London to Johannesburg, Springbok souvenir cover franked 27ml x3, cancAlexandria cds. This flight was interrupted twice, first when it had to make a forced landing at Shiwa, having had to overshoot Mpika in bad weather, and again at Broken Hill when the plane was taken out of service to search for the first northbound flight from Cape Town which had crashed at Salisbury, ref Ni 320129A.

Egypt, 1932, Jan 23
F/F Alexandria to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on Imperial Airways 1st flight London to Johannesburg, Springbok souvenir cover franked 27ml x3, cancAlexandria cds. This flight was interrupted twice, first when it had to make a forced landing at Shiwa, having had to overshoot Mpika in bad weather, and again at Broken Hill when the plane was taken out of service to search for the first northbound flight from Cape Town which had crashed at Salisbury, ref Ni 320129A.

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Egypt, 1932, Jan 23
F/F Cairo to Cape Town, bs 2/2, carried on Imperial Airways 1st flight London to Johannesburg, Springbok souvenir cover franked 27ml x2 & 13ml x2, canc Cairo cds. This flight was interrupted twice, first when it had to make a forced landing at Shiwa, having had to overshoot Mpika in bad weather, and again at Broken Hill when the plane was taken out of service to search for the first northbound flight from Cape Town which had crashed at Salisbury, ref Ni 320129A. A 150 word account of these events is included with this item. 143 flown from Croydon Aerodrome to Cape Town. Written up on album leaf with picture (not photo) of the 'City of Baghdad'.

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(Egypt) Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Mbeya, 3 Feb 1932 arrival ds on front, flown on inaugural England-South Africa service, registered (label) cover franked 27ml air & 13ml ordinary.  Returned by surface via Dar Es Salaam 7/2 and Port Taufiq 4/3.

Egypt, 1932, Jan 23
Imperial Airways F/F Cairo to Mbeya, 3 Feb 1932 arrival ds on front, flown on inaugural England-South Africa service, registered (label) cover franked 27ml air & 13ml ordinary. Returned by surface via Dar Es Salaam 7/2 and Port Taufiq 4/3.

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Egypt, 1932, Jun 30
Imperial Airways first flight Egypt to Cyprus, printed "First Flight/By Imperial Airways/Egypt-Cyprus" souvenir cover franked 9ml, canc Port Said cds, no arrival ds, blue/white airmail etiquette. First mail for Cyprus via Tiberias (Lake Galilee). By train from Cairo to Tiberias to link with the West bound mail from India. The service was not a success and was suspended when the Autumn Timetable (October) came into operation. Cyprus continued to dispatch and receive airmail but this involved a stage by sea to Palestine or Egypt. A scarce item in pristine condition.

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(Egypt) 1933 Egypt International Aviation 13ml and 15ml on official 'Congress de a Federation Aeronautique cover, canc special Congress postmark, also 50% strike large oval official on Congress cachet.

Egypt, 1933, Dec 1
1933 Egypt International Aviation 13ml and 15ml on official 'Congress de a Federation Aeronautique cover, canc special Congress postmark, also 50% strike large oval official on Congress cachet.

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(Egypt) Scarce F/F Alexandria to Singapore, no arrival ds, carried on Imperial Airways/Indian Trans-Continental Airways extension to Singapore via Bangkok and Alor Star, official red/white/blue souvenir cover franked 5ml,10ml, and 80ml airs on front and 5ml air verso, canc Alexandria cds, typed "Alexandria -Singapore". Scarce leg. 1cm closed top edge tear.

Egypt, 1933, Dec 12
Scarce F/F Alexandria to Singapore, no arrival ds, carried on Imperial Airways/Indian Trans-Continental Airways extension to Singapore via Bangkok and Alor Star, official red/white/blue souvenir cover franked 5ml,10ml, and 80ml airs on front and 5ml air verso, canc Alexandria cds, typed "Alexandria -Singapore". Scarce leg. 1cm closed top edge tear.

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(Egypt) Envelope flown registered from Egypt to Athens, franked 1933 International Aviation Congress set with Cairo cds's, red registration label below with Greek air label alongside and both tied by air cachet, on reverse arrival date stamp of January 14, fine.

Egypt, 1934, Jan 13
Envelope flown registered from Egypt to Athens, franked 1933 International Aviation Congress set with Cairo cds's, red registration label below with Greek air label alongside and both tied by air cachet, on reverse arrival date stamp of January 14, fine.

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(Egypt) Airmail cover, Cairo to Athens, bs 24/3, registered (hs) airmail etiquette cover franked 4ml to 20ml values of the 10th UPU Congress set, canc special Congress postmark, black framed "Registered/Xe Congres Postal Universal/Le Caire 1934" hs.

Egypt, 1934, Mar 24
Airmail cover, Cairo to Athens, bs 24/3, registered (hs) airmail etiquette cover franked 4ml to 20ml values of the 10th UPU Congress set, canc special Congress postmark, black framed "Registered/Xe Congres Postal Universal/Le Caire 1934" hs.

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(Egypt) Alexandria to Australia, first acceptance of African 'all the way' airmail for Australia for carriage on the Imperial Airways African service to Cairo to connect with the first extension of the IA/ITCA/Qantas service from Singapore to Brisbane, official 'Kangaroo' cover franked 135ml canc Alexandria 10 Dec 34 cds.

Egypt, 1934, Dec 10
Alexandria to Australia, first acceptance of African 'all the way' airmail for Australia for carriage on the Imperial Airways African service to Cairo to connect with the first extension of the IA/ITCA/Qantas service from Singapore to Brisbane, official 'Kangaroo' cover franked 135ml canc Alexandria 10 Dec 34 cds.

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(Egypt) Alexandria to Buta (Belgian Congo), 3/12, via Juba and Aba 29/11, plain cover franked 39 mls, typed "Via Khartoum-Juba", also "3/10". Notes witch accompany this cover say only 10 were flown, so we are are giving it an estimate of £50.

Egypt, 1936, Nov 24
Alexandria to Buta (Belgian Congo), 3/12, via Juba and Aba 29/11, plain cover franked 39 mls, typed "Via Khartoum-Juba", also "3/10". Notes witch accompany this cover say only 10 were flown, so we are are giving it an estimate of £50.

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Egypt, 1937, Jun 2
MISR Airwork Ltd, renewal of the Egypt-Cyprus summer service, Alexandria to Limassol, bs 3/6, via Nicosia 3/6, plain cover franked 9ml, white/dark blue etiquette rated scarce by Mair, 77 flown.

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(Egypt) Alexandria to Copenhagen, bs 7/3, grey imprint airmail cover franked 50ml inc 22,4,6,7,8,and 9ml vals of 1933 air set

Egypt, 1938, Mar 3
Alexandria to Copenhagen, bs 7/3, grey imprint airmail cover franked 50ml inc 22,4,6,7,8,and 9ml vals of 1933 air set

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(Egypt) Scarce experimental flight from Cairo to Darwin, pale blue RAF cover with 'Per Ardua Ad Astra' logo on flap, franked Egypt 5ml canc MPO 5 NO 38/5-6A MOASCAR cds, and cancelled on arrival Darwin 7 Nov cds tying Australia 5d, ms 'By RAF long range development/unit - Ismalia to Australia'. One of only ten flown.

Egypt, 1938, Nov 5
Scarce experimental flight from Cairo to Darwin, pale blue RAF cover with 'Per Ardua Ad Astra' logo on flap, franked Egypt 5ml canc MPO 5 NO 38/5-6A MOASCAR cds, and cancelled on arrival Darwin 7 Nov cds tying Australia 5d, ms 'By RAF long range development/unit - Ismalia to Australia'. One of only ten flown.

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(Egypt) Greece Expeditionary Force, censored On Active Service Free Christmas Air Mail, stampless, fine strike FPO/171/9 DE 40, addressed to Scotland, signed over Unit Censor hs.

Egypt, 1940, Dec 9
Greece Expeditionary Force, censored On Active Service Free Christmas Air Mail, stampless, fine strike FPO/171/9 DE 40, addressed to Scotland, signed over Unit Censor hs.

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(Egypt) WWII censored 'all the way by air', Cairo to Ontario, Canada, District Director of Postal Services/London Ont/Jul 30 1941 circular arrival ds on front, red/blue imprint etiquette cover franked 117 ml, canc Cairo cds, typed 'written in English', black Egyptian censor mark. Correctly rated 117 mls for carriage by air from Cairo to Sydney via KLM or BOAC, by air via TEAL to Auckland, by air to USA via Pan Am FAM 19, and by internal air service to Ontario. Super item in fine condition.

Egypt, 1941, May 30
WWII censored 'all the way by air', Cairo to Ontario, Canada, District Director of Postal Services/London Ont/Jul 30 1941 circular arrival ds on front, red/blue imprint etiquette cover franked 117 ml, canc Cairo cds, typed 'written in English', black Egyptian censor mark. Correctly rated 117 mls for carriage by air from Cairo to Sydney via KLM or BOAC, by air via TEAL to Auckland, by air to USA via Pan Am FAM 19, and by internal air service to Ontario. Super item in fine condition.

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(Egypt) Forces honour envelope, Egypt to Southern Rhodesia, franked 10d with GB stamps, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. Censor cachet.

Egypt, 1942, Feb 13
Forces honour envelope, Egypt to Southern Rhodesia, franked 10d with GB stamps, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia. Censor cachet.

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(Egypt) Postage prepaid On Active Service WWII censored cover to South Africa, mixed franking with two 3d GB stamps & 4d South Africa stamp, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to East London, South Africa, ms 'On Active Service', 'Middle East Forces Censor 341' hs.

Egypt, 1942, Apr 7
Postage prepaid On Active Service WWII censored cover to South Africa, mixed franking with two 3d GB stamps & 4d South Africa stamp, cancelled ‘Egypt postage prepaid’ to East London, South Africa, ms 'On Active Service', 'Middle East Forces Censor 341' hs.

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(Egypt) On Active Service airmail, Middle Easter Forces to England, combination cover franked GB 1/2d x4,
South Africa 1d x2, Australia 3d and New Zealand 3d, all tied by FPO/531, violet military censor mark 'Passed By Censor/No 4717. Some rough opening along lh edge visible verso only, see scan.

Egypt, 1943, Jan 1
On Active Service airmail, Middle Easter Forces to England, combination cover franked GB 1/2d x4, South Africa 1d x2, Australia 3d and New Zealand 3d, all tied by FPO/531, violet military censor mark 'Passed By Censor/No 4717. Some rough opening along lh edge visible verso only, see scan.

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(Egypt) WWII airmail from Egypt to Congo, bs Elizabethville 1/6, via Stanleyville 29/5, plain cover franked 52ml, canc "Egypt/18 MA 43/Prepaid/(Base PO ?65)", violet crowned circle base censor No 50 hs, double winged  crown in 'Deputy Field Censor' hs, ms 'Air Mail'. Two week transit was good in wartime. Likely route was up the Nile to Juba, then across the Congo with change of plane at Stanleyville.

Egypt, 1943, May 18
WWII airmail from Egypt to Congo, bs Elizabethville 1/6, via Stanleyville 29/5, plain cover franked 52ml, canc "Egypt/18 MA 43/Prepaid/(Base PO ?65)", violet crowned circle base censor No 50 hs, double winged crown in 'Deputy Field Censor' hs, ms 'Air Mail'. Two week transit was good in wartime. Likely route was up the Nile to Juba, then across the Congo with change of plane at Stanleyville.

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(Egypt) WWII dual censored airmail, Egypt to New York, grey cover franked 50ml x2, ms "By Airmail/Via Pan American Clipper", sealed red/cream 'Examined By Base Censor' censor tape tied by Egypt purple circular 'Deputy Field Censor' with crown censor mark, and US black/white EB 14616 (Miami) censor tape. BOAC to Lisbon, then Pan Am FAM 18 to Miami via Bermuda.

Egypt, 1943, Aug 7
WWII dual censored airmail, Egypt to New York, grey cover franked 50ml x2, ms "By Airmail/Via Pan American Clipper", sealed red/cream 'Examined By Base Censor' censor tape tied by Egypt purple circular 'Deputy Field Censor' with crown censor mark, and US black/white EB 14616 (Miami) censor tape. BOAC to Lisbon, then Pan Am FAM 18 to Miami via Bermuda.

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Egypt, 1969, Dec 4
Cairo-Melbourne, b/s, 50th anniversary souvenir cover issued by a country flown en route to Australia during 1919 Ross Smith flight.

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(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.

Egypt, 1972, Apr 3
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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