Lot Number: 643

(Uganda) Cover flown, Kampala to Cape Town 21/12, on First Christmas Flight, via Johannesburg 21/12, b/s, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways

Click for full-size views

Date: 1931, Dec 14
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Uganda

Description: Cover flown, Kampala to Cape Town 21/12, on First Christmas Flight, via Johannesburg 21/12, b/s, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways
Bid:

Lot Number: 619

(Sudan) Return of RAF test flight from Khartoum to Abu Suwer, 17 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by pilot V.C.Stonar, plain cover, violet three line "By Return of/Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" and violet "Khartoum 15/1/25" hs's. 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 35 covers were carried on the return flight.  A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in  Air Mail News, No 158, p129.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1926, Jan 15
Est. price: £325.00
Category: Sudan

Description: Return of RAF test flight from Khartoum to Abu Suwer, 17 Jan 1926 arrival hs on front, signed by pilot V.C.Stonar, plain cover, violet three line "By Return of/Special Flight/Cairo to Khartoum" and violet "Khartoum 15/1/25" hs's. 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 35 covers were carried on the return flight. A 200 word account by Bill Coley can be found in Air Mail News, No 158, p129.
Bid:

Lot Number: 608

(South West Africa) New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Windhoek to Loanda, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1939, Aug 22
Est. price: £18.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Windhoek to Loanda, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 609

(South West Africa) New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Windhoek to Mossamedes, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1939, Aug 22
Est. price: £18.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Windhoek to Mossamedes, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 607

(South West Africa) New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Outjo to Lobito, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1939, Aug 22
Est. price: £18.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Outjo to Lobito, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 606

(South West Africa) New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Outjo to Loanda, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1939, Aug 22
Est. price: £20.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Outjo to Loanda, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 583

(South Africa) Experimental Flights between Cape Town and Durban March-June 1925, first return from Durban to  Cape Town, PC correctly rated 2d,  black double ring 'SA Air Mail/AA Lugpos/ 28 Feb 25 'on front.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1925, Feb 28
Est. price: £12.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Experimental Flights between Cape Town and Durban March-June 1925, first return from Durban to Cape Town, PC correctly rated 2d, black double ring 'SA Air Mail/AA Lugpos/ 28 Feb 25 'on front.
Bid:

Lot Number: 588

(South Africa) Royal Tour, HRH Prince George, carried from Royal Train to Cape Town, bs 9/3, registered Klondyke (hs) cover franked 7d canc special RT crested postmark tying black/orange airmail etiquette..

Click for full-size views

Date: 1934, Mar 8
Est. price: £30.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Royal Tour, HRH Prince George, carried from Royal Train to Cape Town, bs 9/3, registered Klondyke (hs) cover franked 7d canc special RT crested postmark tying black/orange airmail etiquette..
Bid:

Lot Number: 596

(South Africa) Double rate WWII censored cover, Cape Town to Buenos Aires, 20 Nov 1942 Natal transit cds, plain cover franked 8/- (5/- (sg38, cat £35 used), 2/6d and 6d, canc Cape Town cds, sealed red/cream South Africa bilingual OBC censor tape tied by magenta 'coat of arms' /A' , typed 'By Air Mail'. Correctly rated for 2x the 4/- South Africa-US rate. Small non invasive top rh corner nibble, does not detract. See image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1942, Oct 28
Est. price: £50.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Double rate WWII censored cover, Cape Town to Buenos Aires, 20 Nov 1942 Natal transit cds, plain cover franked 8/- (5/- (sg38, cat £35 used), 2/6d and 6d, canc Cape Town cds, sealed red/cream South Africa bilingual OBC censor tape tied by magenta 'coat of arms' /A' , typed 'By Air Mail'. Correctly rated for 2x the 4/- South Africa-US rate. Small non invasive top rh corner nibble, does not detract. See image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 592

(South Africa) New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Cape Town to Outjo, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1939, Aug 21
Est. price: £20.00
Category: South Africa

Description: New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Cape Town to Outjo, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 593

(South Africa) New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Johannesburg to Lobito, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1939, Aug 21
Est. price: £20.00
Category: South Africa

Description: New link with Angola, Cape Town-Windhoek-Loanda Direct Service, F/F Johannesburg to Lobito, bs 22/8, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, violet straight line 'First Flight - West Coast' cachet. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 584

(South Africa) Experimental Flights between Cape Town and Durban March-June 1925, first return from Durban to  Cape Town, cover correctly rated 2d, + 3d airmail,   black double ring 'SA Air Mail/AA Lugpos/ 5 Mar 25' on front.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1925, Mar 5
Est. price: £30.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Experimental Flights between Cape Town and Durban March-June 1925, first return from Durban to Cape Town, cover correctly rated 2d, + 3d airmail, black double ring 'SA Air Mail/AA Lugpos/ 5 Mar 25' on front.
Bid:

Lot Number: 586

(South Africa) Imperial Airways twice interrupted flight first flight, Cape Town to Athens, 13/2 arrival ds, Springbok cover franked 1/-, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London. The City of Basra was damaged at take of at Salisbury. Mail was transferred to City of Delhi which had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather near Broken Hill. Mail was transferred to City of Baghdad and arrived in Athens 9 days later than scheduled.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jan 28
Est. price: £30.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Imperial Airways twice interrupted flight first flight, Cape Town to Athens, 13/2 arrival ds, Springbok cover franked 1/-, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London. The City of Basra was damaged at take of at Salisbury. Mail was transferred to City of Delhi which had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather near Broken Hill. Mail was transferred to City of Baghdad and arrived in Athens 9 days later than scheduled.
Bid:

Lot Number: 585

(South Africa) Interrupted flight Victoria West to Nairobi, bs 7/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jan 27
Est. price: £25.00
Category: South Africa

Description: Interrupted flight Victoria West to Nairobi, bs 7/2, carried on first regular flight Cape Town-London, left Cape Town January 27 but forced down at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, delayed 7 days, Springbok cover, Imperial Airways.
Bid:

Lot Number: 529

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Germany to South Africa, DESSAU to CAPE TOWN, by train to Munich bs 27/4, and on by train to Vienna, Bologna and Milan to Brindisi where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS166 which left Brindisi (Satyrus) 4/5 and reached Cape Town (Atlanta) bs 11/5. Uncommon and attractive airmail cover, grey with yellow/blue edging and corner print 'Lufthansa/Luftschiffbau/Condor-Syndicat', unusual RED Dessau & Co METRE cancellation for 55pf on front and an extra 1pf verso, also a 5pf stamp, RATED 55pt for 25pt UPU rate plus 30pt air fee plus 5pf overpaid.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1934, Apr 26
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Germany to South Africa, DESSAU to CAPE TOWN, by train to Munich bs 27/4, and on by train to Vienna, Bologna and Milan to Brindisi where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS166 which left Brindisi (Satyrus) 4/5 and reached Cape Town (Atlanta) bs 11/5. Uncommon and attractive airmail cover, grey with yellow/blue edging and corner print 'Lufthansa/Luftschiffbau/Condor-Syndicat', unusual RED Dessau & Co METRE cancellation for 55pf on front and an extra 1pf verso, also a 5pf stamp, RATED 55pt for 25pt UPU rate plus 30pt air fee plus 5pf overpaid.
Bid:

Lot Number: 525

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Switzerland to Reunion, GENEVA to ST DENNIS, by train to Brindisi via Chiasso and Milan where transferred 16/4 to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS159 (Scipio), arriving Alexandria bs 'Avion 17/3' and Nairobi 19/3 on Horsa. Transferred to Wilson Airways flight to Mombasa, then offloaded to Messageries Maritimes 'Le Conte de Lille' for sea voyage to Saint Dennis, Reunion bs 18/4. Plain cover franked Switzerland 1F and 50c airs, ms 'Par Avion via Brindisi and Cape Town', blue/black trilingual etiquette, FRANKED F1.50 for 30rp UPU and 90rp air fee, 20rp excess. Great routing.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1934, Mar 13
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Switzerland to Reunion, GENEVA to ST DENNIS, by train to Brindisi via Chiasso and Milan where transferred 16/4 to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service AS159 (Scipio), arriving Alexandria bs 'Avion 17/3' and Nairobi 19/3 on Horsa. Transferred to Wilson Airways flight to Mombasa, then offloaded to Messageries Maritimes 'Le Conte de Lille' for sea voyage to Saint Dennis, Reunion bs 18/4. Plain cover franked Switzerland 1F and 50c airs, ms 'Par Avion via Brindisi and Cape Town', blue/black trilingual etiquette, FRANKED F1.50 for 30rp UPU and 90rp air fee, 20rp excess. Great routing.
Bid:

Lot Number: 533

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) South Africa to Poland. CAPE TOWN to WARSAW, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN169, departure Atlanta DELAYED two days at Cape Town 31/5 due to bad weather, lost time made up by arrival Amalthea at Khartoum 2/6, arrived on time at Athens bs 5/6, offloaded for carriage by rail to Warsaw bs 7/6. Imperial Airways imprint etiquette, 'winged logo' corner cover, franked 1/-. Good routing, uncommon  destination.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1934, May 27
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: South Africa to Poland. CAPE TOWN to WARSAW, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN169, departure Atlanta DELAYED two days at Cape Town 31/5 due to bad weather, lost time made up by arrival Amalthea at Khartoum 2/6, arrived on time at Athens bs 5/6, offloaded for carriage by rail to Warsaw bs 7/6. Imperial Airways imprint etiquette, 'winged logo' corner cover, franked 1/-. Good routing, uncommon destination.
Bid:

Lot Number: 514

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) SOUTH AFRICA TO LIECHTENSTEIN, CAPE TOWN TO SCHAN, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound Service AN88 which left Cape Town 9/11 on C.Baghdad arriving Brindisi 18/11 on Scipio flying boat, via Cairo on C.Coventry. From Brindisi by rail to Schaan, Liechtenstein 21/11 arrival ds. RATED 1/- (4d x3).

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Nov 8
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: SOUTH AFRICA TO LIECHTENSTEIN, CAPE TOWN TO SCHAN, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound Service AN88 which left Cape Town 9/11 on C.Baghdad arriving Brindisi 18/11 on Scipio flying boat, via Cairo on C.Coventry. From Brindisi by rail to Schaan, Liechtenstein 21/11 arrival ds. RATED 1/- (4d x3).
Bid:

Lot Number: 513

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) South Africa To Germany, YEOVILLE (JOHANNESBURG) TO BERLIN by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN88 which left Cape Town 9/11 on C.Baghdad, arriving Brindisi 18/11 on Scipio flying boat via Khartoum 15/11 on C.Coventry. On by surface to Berlin 20/11 arrival ds. Registered 4d PE with additional 2/-,  RATED 2/4 for 4d registration plus 2/- for double air rate.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Nov 8
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: South Africa To Germany, YEOVILLE (JOHANNESBURG) TO BERLIN by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN88 which left Cape Town 9/11 on C.Baghdad, arriving Brindisi 18/11 on Scipio flying boat via Khartoum 15/11 on C.Coventry. On by surface to Berlin 20/11 arrival ds. Registered 4d PE with additional 2/-, RATED 2/4 for 4d registration plus 2/- for double air rate.
Bid:

Lot Number: 506

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Double Rate South Africa To Germany, KINGWILLIAMSTOWN TO HANOVER, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN71 which left Cape Town 13/7 and arrived Athens 22/7 and arrived Berlin bs 24/7, plain over ms 'Per Air Mail, RATED 3/- FOR DOUBLE RATE, 2/6d and 6d. Carried C. Jodhpur to Johannesburg, C. CapeTown to Juba, C. Khartoum to Khartoum, C. Cov. to Alexandria and Satyrus flying boat to Athens. Some top edge crumpling verso, see scan.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jul 12
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Double Rate South Africa To Germany, KINGWILLIAMSTOWN TO HANOVER, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN71 which left Cape Town 13/7 and arrived Athens 22/7 and arrived Berlin bs 24/7, plain over ms 'Per Air Mail, RATED 3/- FOR DOUBLE RATE, 2/6d and 6d. Carried C. Jodhpur to Johannesburg, C. CapeTown to Juba, C. Khartoum to Khartoum, C. Cov. to Alexandria and Satyrus flying boat to Athens. Some top edge crumpling verso, see scan.
Bid:

Lot Number: 508

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Denmark To South West Africa, COPENHAGEN TO OMARURU, flown by DDL/DLH to Athens via Hamburg transit ds 19/7, then transferred to Imperial Airways Africa Southbound service AS73, which left Athens 23/7, then by C.Alex from Cairo to Kisumu, then C.Cape Town to Johannesburg arriving 31/7, then OAT by South West African Airways Windhoek arrival ds 1/8. Commercial cover, fine strike red 'Mit Luftpost/befordert/Hamburg' arrival hs, ms 'par avion via Cairo' 1 RATED K3.40.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jul 19
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Denmark To South West Africa, COPENHAGEN TO OMARURU, flown by DDL/DLH to Athens via Hamburg transit ds 19/7, then transferred to Imperial Airways Africa Southbound service AS73, which left Athens 23/7, then by C.Alex from Cairo to Kisumu, then C.Cape Town to Johannesburg arriving 31/7, then OAT by South West African Airways Windhoek arrival ds 1/8. Commercial cover, fine strike red 'Mit Luftpost/befordert/Hamburg' arrival hs, ms 'par avion via Cairo' 1 RATED K3.40.
Bid:

Lot Number: 499

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Delayed flight, first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO NORTHERN RHODESIA, LONDON TO BROKEN HILL, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1. The mail was forwarded by a Rhodesian Aviation Puss Moth, which arrived at Broken Hill bs 30/1. RATED 9d. Flight DELAYED BY 2 DAYS. See Wingent 'Movements of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Route 1931-1939'.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jan 13
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Delayed flight, first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO NORTHERN RHODESIA, LONDON TO BROKEN HILL, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1. The mail was forwarded by a Rhodesian Aviation Puss Moth, which arrived at Broken Hill bs 30/1. RATED 9d. Flight DELAYED BY 2 DAYS. See Wingent 'Movements of Aircraft on Imperial Airways African Route 1931-1939'.
Bid:

Lot Number: 496

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Commercial airmail, Kenya To South Africa. NAIROBI TO CAPE TOWN by Imperial Airways Africa Southbound special Christmas service to South Africa #41  which left Nairobi 17 December and arrived Cape Town b/s 22/12 via Johannesburg b/s 21/12. RATED 55c. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932

Click for full-size views

Date: 1931, Dec 16
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Commercial airmail, Kenya To South Africa. NAIROBI TO CAPE TOWN by Imperial Airways Africa Southbound special Christmas service to South Africa #41 which left Nairobi 17 December and arrived Cape Town b/s 22/12 via Johannesburg b/s 21/12. RATED 55c. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932
Bid:

Lot Number: 497

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) SCARCE routing MALTA TO SOUTH AFRICA, VALETTA TO CAPE TOWN, acceptance for Imperial Airways Africa Southbound special Christmas service to South Africa, violet framed Jusqu'a 'By Air to (Rome crossed out) ms Mwanza only', then by surface via Messina b/s 9/12, Naples b/s 9/12, to Brindisi b/s 11/12, then transferred  to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #41 which left the same day, to Alexandria b/s 12/12 arriving Mwanza b/s 18/12, surface to Dar es Salaam b/s 23/12 and on by sea to Cape Town. Registered (label) Springbok cover, ms 'Via Brindisi on Dec 11',  franked 1/4 ½ d for 1 ½ d Imperial, 3d registration 7d air fee, 5d excess. Superb routing, 11 different backstamps.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1931, Dec 16
Est. price: £150.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: SCARCE routing MALTA TO SOUTH AFRICA, VALETTA TO CAPE TOWN, acceptance for Imperial Airways Africa Southbound special Christmas service to South Africa, violet framed Jusqu'a 'By Air to (Rome crossed out) ms Mwanza only', then by surface via Messina b/s 9/12, Naples b/s 9/12, to Brindisi b/s 11/12, then transferred to Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #41 which left the same day, to Alexandria b/s 12/12 arriving Mwanza b/s 18/12, surface to Dar es Salaam b/s 23/12 and on by sea to Cape Town. Registered (label) Springbok cover, ms 'Via Brindisi on Dec 11', franked 1/4 ½ d for 1 ½ d Imperial, 3d registration 7d air fee, 5d excess. Superb routing, 11 different backstamps.
Bid:

Lot Number: 494

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) UK  to South Africa, TRIPLE RATE LONDON TO JOHANNESBURG by Imperial Airways Africa southbound special Christmas service #  leaving Croydon 9/12 arriving Johannesburg 21/12 b/s, franked 3/- triple rate. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932. Also the first southbound Africa service by de Havilland DH66 G-EBMX 'City of Delhi'.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1931, Dec 1
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: UK to South Africa, TRIPLE RATE LONDON TO JOHANNESBURG by Imperial Airways Africa southbound special Christmas service # leaving Croydon 9/12 arriving Johannesburg 21/12 b/s, franked 3/- triple rate. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932. Also the first southbound Africa service by de Havilland DH66 G-EBMX 'City of Delhi'.
Bid:

Lot Number: 495

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) UK To South Africa, LONDON TO BLOEMFONTEIN by Imperial Airways Africa southbound special Christmas service #41  leaving Croydon 9/12 arriving Johannesburg 21/12 b/s. RATED 1/-. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932. Also the first southbound Africa service by de Havilland DH66 G-EBMX 'City of Delhi'.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1931, Dec 8
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: UK To South Africa, LONDON TO BLOEMFONTEIN by Imperial Airways Africa southbound special Christmas service #41 leaving Croydon 9/12 arriving Johannesburg 21/12 b/s. RATED 1/-. This service was extended experimentally to Cape Town in order to position and test aircraft over the new southern part of the route in preparation for the opening of the regular service, which commenced in January 1932. Also the first southbound Africa service by de Havilland DH66 G-EBMX 'City of Delhi'.
Bid:

Lot Number: 465

(Nyasaland) First direct external flight from Nyasaland, PPC franked 1s 2d, canc Limbe/31 May 33, violet st. line 'First Flight' cachet, addressed to London with message "This is by City of Karachi which is the first direct Air Mail from Nyasaland". The first OFFICIAL airmail from Nyasaland to an external destination was arranged for June 5th from Zomba to Fort Jamieson, N Rhodesia, to be flown by an RAF service flight on their return to UK after attending the Nyasaland Air Week. Official souvenir covers were issued and a postage rate set of 1/- per 1/2oz. However, quite unexpectedly on June 1st' the Imperial Airways liner 'City of Karachi' returned to Salisbury thereby offering an immediate connection with the IAW northbound Cape Town-London service. So, at very short notice, a SPECIAL  flight by the 'City of Karachi' was arranged between Zomba and Salisbury to collect UK mail in particular for OAT to 
London. So, although UNOFFICIAL, this flight then became the first airmail from Nyasaland to an 
external destination. No special cancellation/cachet was provided, and the only way of identifying 
covers from this flight are the '31 May 33' postmark and the new, hastily arranged, 1s 2d rate for UK 
mail. For this reason such covers are very scarce. A fine exhibit item. An explanatory 300 word text is 
included.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1933, May 31
Est. price: £200.00
Category: Nyasaland

Description: First direct external flight from Nyasaland, PPC franked 1s 2d, canc Limbe/31 May 33, violet st. line 'First Flight' cachet, addressed to London with message "This is by City of Karachi which is the first direct Air Mail from Nyasaland". The first OFFICIAL airmail from Nyasaland to an external destination was arranged for June 5th from Zomba to Fort Jamieson, N Rhodesia, to be flown by an RAF service flight on their return to UK after attending the Nyasaland Air Week. Official souvenir covers were issued and a postage rate set of 1/- per 1/2oz. However, quite unexpectedly on June 1st' the Imperial Airways liner 'City of Karachi' returned to Salisbury thereby offering an immediate connection with the IAW northbound Cape Town-London service. So, at very short notice, a SPECIAL flight by the 'City of Karachi' was arranged between Zomba and Salisbury to collect UK mail in particular for OAT to London. So, although UNOFFICIAL, this flight then became the first airmail from Nyasaland to an external destination. No special cancellation/cachet was provided, and the only way of identifying covers from this flight are the '31 May 33' postmark and the new, hastily arranged, 1s 2d rate for UK mail. For this reason such covers are very scarce. A fine exhibit item. An explanatory 300 word text is included.
Bid:

Lot Number: 392

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, Austria to South Africa, VIENNA TO JOHANNESBURG via Trieste and Alexandria 7/1/33 transit cds. Cover datestamped Vienna 6/1/33, departed Croydon the 4/1 via service AS 97. It flew to schedule until Assuit 8/1, there after arriving one day late at Khartoum 10/1 (cause unknown), at Kisumu 12/1on C.Swanage flying boat , and at Cape Town 16/12 on C.Delhi. Airmail etiquette cover RATED S.2.70 for 30dr ordinary and  S2.40 double air fee.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1933, Jan 2
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, Austria to South Africa, VIENNA TO JOHANNESBURG via Trieste and Alexandria 7/1/33 transit cds. Cover datestamped Vienna 6/1/33, departed Croydon the 4/1 via service AS 97. It flew to schedule until Assuit 8/1, there after arriving one day late at Khartoum 10/1 (cause unknown), at Kisumu 12/1on C.Swanage flying boat , and at Cape Town 16/12 on C.Delhi. Airmail etiquette cover RATED S.2.70 for 30dr ordinary and S2.40 double air fee.
Bid:

Lot Number: 390

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, CAPE TOWN TO NEW YORK by Imperial Airways Africa Northbound service AN90 which left CapeTown 23/11 on C.Karachi arriving Croydon 4/12, then by sea to New York, 14/12 private dated receiver. Plain cover, airmail etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London, RATED 1/3. The City of Stonehaven flying boat, having departed Juba to schedule on 28/11 should have arrived at Khartoum the same day. However, she made an unscheduled overnight stop at Kosti (reason unknown) and did not reach Khartoum until the following morning. Here the service was taken over by the AW Argosy City of Arundel, arriving at Wadi Halfa on 30/11 and on to Cairo 30/11. Thereafter Scipio continued the service to schedule.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Nov 23
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, South Africa To USA, CAPE TOWN TO NEW YORK by Imperial Airways Africa Northbound service AN90 which left CapeTown 23/11 on C.Karachi arriving Croydon 4/12, then by sea to New York, 14/12 private dated receiver. Plain cover, airmail etiquette annulled by red double bar Jusqu'a applied in London, RATED 1/3. The City of Stonehaven flying boat, having departed Juba to schedule on 28/11 should have arrived at Khartoum the same day. However, she made an unscheduled overnight stop at Kosti (reason unknown) and did not reach Khartoum until the following morning. Here the service was taken over by the AW Argosy City of Arundel, arriving at Wadi Halfa on 30/11 and on to Cairo 30/11. Thereafter Scipio continued the service to schedule.
Bid:

Lot Number: 388

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight, UK to South Africa, LONDON TO CAPE TOWN, by Imperial Airways Africa southbound AS69 which left London 22/6, arrived Cape Town one day late on 4/6 , and delivered Cape Tech College 5/7 (college chop hs). Plain airmail etiquette cover RATED 1/-. Carried Scipio flying boat to Cairo, C.Arundel to Khartoum, C.Stonehenge to Mbeya via Malakal (one day late, cause unknown) and C. Cape Town/C.Jodhpur to Cape Town, arriving one day late.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jun 21
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight, UK to South Africa, LONDON TO CAPE TOWN, by Imperial Airways Africa southbound AS69 which left London 22/6, arrived Cape Town one day late on 4/6 , and delivered Cape Tech College 5/7 (college chop hs). Plain airmail etiquette cover RATED 1/-. Carried Scipio flying boat to Cairo, C.Arundel to Khartoum, C.Stonehenge to Mbeya via Malakal (one day late, cause unknown) and C. Cape Town/C.Jodhpur to Cape Town, arriving one day late.
Bid:

Lot Number: 385

(Interruptions and Accidents) Interrupted flight of the first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO SOUTH AFRICA, LONDON TO BLOEMFONTEIN, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1 January. Mail then transferred to 'City of Karachi' arriving Johannesburg b/s 1/2 two days late. Plain cover RATED 1/-.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jan 19
Est. price: £44.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Interrupted flight of the first regular service to be extended to Cape Town, UK TO SOUTH AFRICA, LONDON TO BLOEMFONTEIN, carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #47 leaving London 21/1, mail transferred to 'City of Baghdad' at Kisumu 28/1 which then became bogged down at Mpika 30/1 January. Mail then transferred to 'City of Karachi' arriving Johannesburg b/s 1/2 two days late. Plain cover RATED 1/-.
Bid:

Lot Number: 213

(GB External) First acceptance of mail for Kenya for carriage on the inaugural direct London-Cape Town service. Likely test cover addressed to Local Representative, Imperial Airways, The Aerodrome, Nairobi, plain envelope franked 7 1/2d, canc London cds, airmail etiquette. Uncommon. Image.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1932, Jan 20
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB External

Description: First acceptance of mail for Kenya for carriage on the inaugural direct London-Cape Town service. Likely test cover addressed to Local Representative, Imperial Airways, The Aerodrome, Nairobi, plain envelope franked 7 1/2d, canc London cds, airmail etiquette. Uncommon. Image.
Bid:

Lot Number: 229

(GB External) First acceptance of mail for South Africa from London at the new 3d Flat Rate for post cards, airmail etiquette PC addressed to L.A. Wyndham, House of Assembly, Cape Town, bs 30/11, franked 6x KGV 1/2d, postmarked day of issue, ms '1st Acceptance at 3d Rate'. This card was addressed to a very prominent aero philatelist in the United Kingdom care of an equally prominent aero philatelist in South Africa. Verso a message "Greetings" signed by Francis F. Field. Nice item with aerophilatelic connections..

Click for full-size views

Date: 1934, Nov 19
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: First acceptance of mail for South Africa from London at the new 3d Flat Rate for post cards, airmail etiquette PC addressed to L.A. Wyndham, House of Assembly, Cape Town, bs 30/11, franked 6x KGV 1/2d, postmarked day of issue, ms '1st Acceptance at 3d Rate'. This card was addressed to a very prominent aero philatelist in the United Kingdom care of an equally prominent aero philatelist in South Africa. Verso a message "Greetings" signed by Francis F. Field. Nice item with aerophilatelic connections..
Bid:

Lot Number: 136

(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.

Click for full-size views

Date: 1926, Jan 9
Est. price: £300.00
Category: Egypt

Description: 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.
Bid: