Lot Number: 685

(Ephemera) BEA, two first class dining menus each with a front colour illustration of the Belem Tower on the Tagus, the site of the first flight between Portugal and Brazil, fine. Image.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: BEA, two first class dining menus each with a front colour illustration of the Belem Tower on the Tagus, the site of the first flight between Portugal and Brazil, fine. Image.
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Lot Number: 683

(Ephemera) BEA Scilly Isles, a 1950's-60's miscellany of 20 items including four first flights to the Isles, two 1967 covers from Penzance-Scilly each franked with the BEA one shilling a letter stamp, two B&W photographs BEA helicopters, five timetables, and seven colour PPC’s of various BEA helicopters (slight duplication). Images 2.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: BEA Scilly Isles, a 1950's-60's miscellany of 20 items including four first flights to the Isles, two 1967 covers from Penzance-Scilly each franked with the BEA one shilling a letter stamp, two B&W photographs BEA helicopters, five timetables, and seven colour PPC’s of various BEA helicopters (slight duplication). Images 2.
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Lot Number: 682

(Ephemera) BEA helicopter service, 6 items including 1954 first flight London-Southampton with 9d air letter stamp,1956 Nottingham-Birmingham and Leicester-Nottingham each with 10p air letter stamp, two original black and white BEA helicopter photographs, and a BEA Southampton and London airport helicopter service timetable January 1st 1955. Image.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: BEA helicopter service, 6 items including 1954 first flight London-Southampton with 9d air letter stamp,1956 Nottingham-Birmingham and Leicester-Nottingham each with 10p air letter stamp, two original black and white BEA helicopter photographs, and a BEA Southampton and London airport helicopter service timetable January 1st 1955. Image.
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Lot Number: 681

(Ephemera) BEA Helicopter Experimental Unit,  8 items including five 1948 first flights, original B&W and photographs of a Westland Dragonfly and a Bell 47 helicopters, and a London to Southampton helicopter service timetable, January 1st 1955. Image.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: BEA Helicopter Experimental Unit, 8 items including five 1948 first flights, original B&W and photographs of a Westland Dragonfly and a Bell 47 helicopters, and a London to Southampton helicopter service timetable, January 1st 1955. Image.
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Lot Number: 680

(Ephemera) BEA 1953-56 helicopter miscellany of 11 items comprising three first flights each with air letter label; original photographs of helicopters (3), interiors (2) and Northolt Airport 1953; BEA helicopter baggage label; and colour PPC of Sikorski S61N. See images.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: BEA 1953-56 helicopter miscellany of 11 items comprising three first flights each with air letter label; original photographs of helicopters (3), interiors (2) and Northolt Airport 1953; BEA helicopter baggage label; and colour PPC of Sikorski S61N. See images.
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Lot Number: 650

(United States) 

A fascinating triple/quadruple short paid first flight cover being a first acceptance of US mail for England (FAM 18), for Bangkok and Hong Kong (FAM 18 and Imperial Airways) for carriage on the inaugural Pan Am North Atlantic route. It was then intended for OAT on what would be the first FAM 18 Pan American & Imperial Airways Round the World Flight  New York-England-Bangkok-Hong Kong-Honolulu-San Francisco-New York. But the postage paid at Hong Kong was insufficient for transport by, so it completed its journey by sea.. Airmail cover, 22x11cm, postmarked New York 24/6/39, London 29/6, Victoria HK 8/7, and New York 8/8, FAM 18 F/F cachet, black 'T' in circle and red 'Postage Due (ms 4) Cents', Displayed on three album pages including the original USPO document dated 7 August (see web site scan) and a detailed explanation of route, dates, and postage costs. An exceptional exhibit item.

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Date: 1939, Jun 24
Est. price: £225.00
Category: United States

Description: A fascinating triple/quadruple short paid first flight cover being a first acceptance of US mail for England (FAM 18), for Bangkok and Hong Kong (FAM 18 and Imperial Airways) for carriage on the inaugural Pan Am North Atlantic route. It was then intended for OAT on what would be the first FAM 18 Pan American & Imperial Airways Round the World Flight New York-England-Bangkok-Hong Kong-Honolulu-San Francisco-New York. But the postage paid at Hong Kong was insufficient for transport by, so it completed its journey by sea.. Airmail cover, 22x11cm, postmarked New York 24/6/39, London 29/6, Victoria HK 8/7, and New York 8/8, FAM 18 F/F cachet, black 'T' in circle and red 'Postage Due (ms 4) Cents', Displayed on three album pages including the original USPO document dated 7 August (see web site scan) and a detailed explanation of route, dates, and postage costs. An exceptional exhibit item.
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Lot Number: 640

(Trinidad) British West Indian Airways F/F Port of Spain to Kingston, Jamaica, partial strike red circular Kingston/TRI arrival mark verso, registered (label) Salvation Army airmail cover franked 7c, blue framed "First Flight BWI Airways/Trinidad-Jamaica. Not often seen.

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Date: 1944, Dec 14
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Trinidad

Description: British West Indian Airways F/F Port of Spain to Kingston, Jamaica, partial strike red circular Kingston/TRI arrival mark verso, registered (label) Salvation Army airmail cover franked 7c, blue framed "First Flight BWI Airways/Trinidad-Jamaica. Not often seen.
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Lot Number: 624

(Switzerland) Switzerland acceptance for First Regular North Atlantic Service, Marseilles to New York, bs 27/5, viaMarseille-Gare 24/5, imprint 'Mit Luftpost' etiquette cover franked 100c, ms 'First Flight of /the Yankee Clipper/Marseilles-New York/via Lisbon', fine strike official red cachet, uncommon. Image.

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Date: 1939, May 22
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Switzerland

Description: Switzerland acceptance for First Regular North Atlantic Service, Marseilles to New York, bs 27/5, viaMarseille-Gare 24/5, imprint 'Mit Luftpost' etiquette cover franked 100c, ms 'First Flight of /the Yankee Clipper/Marseilles-New York/via Lisbon', fine strike official red cachet, uncommon. Image.
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Lot Number: 623

(Sweden) ABA F/F passenger and mail service, Stockholm to Dublin, bs 4/3, 20 ore PSC with additional 10 ore with very fine strike red triangular 'First Flight/Premier Vol/Forsta Flyg' cachet. Uncommon.

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Date: 1946, Mar 1
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Sweden

Description: ABA F/F passenger and mail service, Stockholm to Dublin, bs 4/3, 20 ore PSC with additional 10 ore with very fine strike red triangular 'First Flight/Premier Vol/Forsta Flyg' cachet. Uncommon.
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Lot Number: 620

(Sudan) Cover flown  WadI Halfa to Mwanza 16/3, on F/F Croydon/Mwanza, b/s, official map cover franked 2P 10ml,  'First Flight/Halfa to Mwanza' biplane cachet, Imperial Airways,

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Date: 1931, Mar 12
Est. price: £16.00
Category: Sudan

Description: Cover flown WadI Halfa to Mwanza 16/3, on F/F Croydon/Mwanza, b/s, official map cover franked 2P 10ml, 'First Flight/Halfa to Mwanza' biplane cachet, Imperial Airways,
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Lot Number: 618

(Spain) First flight airmail cover Barcelona to Boston bs.

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Date: 1948, Nov 9
Est. price: £8.00
Category: Spain

Description: First flight airmail cover Barcelona to Boston bs.
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Lot Number: 610

(South West Africa) First return SAA new West Coast service, South to South West Africa and Angola, also a further extension of the Kalahari Service, Outjo to Windhoek, bs 25/8, violet straight line "First Flight West Coast" cachet.. Only three flights on this service before war broke out when service was abandoned due to lack of support.Narrow strip former mounting tape centre top edge verso, does not detract. Scarce.

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Date: 1939, Aug 25
Est. price: £35.00
Category: South West Africa

Description: First return SAA new West Coast service, South to South West Africa and Angola, also a further extension of the Kalahari Service, Outjo to Windhoek, bs 25/8, violet straight line "First Flight West Coast" cachet.. Only three flights on this service before war broke out when service was abandoned due to lack of support.Narrow strip former mounting tape centre top edge verso, does not detract. Scarce.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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Lot Number: 565

(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: £50.00
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: 556

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) USA to Egypt, NEW YORK to ALEXANDRIA by Yankee Clipper on FIRST FLIGHT Pan Am FAM 18 Trans-Atlantic service, left New York 24/6 and arrived Southampton 28 June. Then Imperial Airways Kisumu southbound coastal flying boat service KSS105 (Cassiopeia) which left Southampton 30/6 and arrived at Alexandra bs 1/7. Commercial airmail cover, typed 'Airmail via Trans Atlantic Clipper/and Airmail to Alexandria', franked $1.44 for 2oz rate of 36c per ½ oz.

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Date: 1939, Jun 23
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: USA to Egypt, NEW YORK to ALEXANDRIA by Yankee Clipper on FIRST FLIGHT Pan Am FAM 18 Trans-Atlantic service, left New York 24/6 and arrived Southampton 28 June. Then Imperial Airways Kisumu southbound coastal flying boat service KSS105 (Cassiopeia) which left Southampton 30/6 and arrived at Alexandra bs 1/7. Commercial airmail cover, typed 'Airmail via Trans Atlantic Clipper/and Airmail to Alexandria', franked $1.44 for 2oz rate of 36c per ½ oz.
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Lot Number: 493

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) India to Egypt, KARACHI TO ALEXANDRIA, carried on the first flight of the Imperial Airways India service IW1 from Karachi to Croydon. Arrived one day early at Baghdad 8/4 and then made an unscheduled call at Cairo on 9/4. Airmail etiquette cover posted Karachi 3/4, bs Alexandria 9/4, black double ring 'By/Air' hs, RATED 6 annas.

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Date: 1929, Apr 7
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: India to Egypt, KARACHI TO ALEXANDRIA, carried on the first flight of the Imperial Airways India service IW1 from Karachi to Croydon. Arrived one day early at Baghdad 8/4 and then made an unscheduled call at Cairo on 9/4. Airmail etiquette cover posted Karachi 3/4, bs Alexandria 9/4, black double ring 'By/Air' hs, RATED 6 annas.
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Lot Number: 522

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) A scarce double first flight commercial cover India to Kenya, CALCUTTA TO NAIROBI, on the Imperial Airways first westbound service after the extension of the route from Karachi to Calcutta (IW223). Carried on Arethusa to Karachi 12/7, then on Hanno to Cairo 14/7 (* Jul 33 cds). Transferred to IAW Africa southbound service AS124 for carriage, on Horsa, to Nairobi bs 18/7 . From Cairo service AS124 carried mail for Africa flown by the first Calcutta-Karachi extension of the Indian route. Plain cover postmarked Calcutta 8/7, bs's Cairo and Nairobi cds's, and black framed 'Calcutta-Karachi/First Airmail/11 Jly 33' cachet, RATED 1anna 3p x4 + 1/2anna.

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Date: 1933, Jul 8
Est. price: £85.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: A scarce double first flight commercial cover India to Kenya, CALCUTTA TO NAIROBI, on the Imperial Airways first westbound service after the extension of the route from Karachi to Calcutta (IW223). Carried on Arethusa to Karachi 12/7, then on Hanno to Cairo 14/7 (* Jul 33 cds). Transferred to IAW Africa southbound service AS124 for carriage, on Horsa, to Nairobi bs 18/7 . From Cairo service AS124 carried mail for Africa flown by the first Calcutta-Karachi extension of the Indian route. Plain cover postmarked Calcutta 8/7, bs's Cairo and Nairobi cds's, and black framed 'Calcutta-Karachi/First Airmail/11 Jly 33' cachet, RATED 1anna 3p x4 + 1/2anna.
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Lot Number: 486

(Recovered/Salvaged Mail) Philadelphia, CAM 19 first flight New York-Atlanta, airmail cover franked 10c air canc NY cds, official magenta flight cachet. Identified by Philadelphia 'May 1/9.30pm/28' bs, AAMC 280501.

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Date: 1928, May 1
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Recovered/Salvaged Mail

Description: Philadelphia, CAM 19 first flight New York-Atlanta, airmail cover franked 10c air canc NY cds, official magenta flight cachet. Identified by Philadelphia 'May 1/9.30pm/28' bs, AAMC 280501.
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Lot Number: 469

(Nyasaland) F/F Blantyre to Beira, black boxed "First Flight Regular Air Mail Service Nyasaland-Mozambique", bs 5/8,  Rhodesia and Nyasaland Airways official souvenir cover, correctly rated 4d with Nyasaland 3d & 1d Silver Jubilee.

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Date: 1935, Aug 5
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Nyasaland

Description: F/F Blantyre to Beira, black boxed "First Flight Regular Air Mail Service Nyasaland-Mozambique", bs 5/8, Rhodesia and Nyasaland Airways official souvenir cover, correctly rated 4d with Nyasaland 3d & 1d Silver Jubilee.
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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.

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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.
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Lot Number: 468

(Nyasaland) Rhodesia and Nyasaland Airways first direct official airmail from Nyasaland to South West Africa,  Limbe to Windhoek 11/3, via Blantyre 8/3 and Salisbury 8/3, black boxed three line "First Flight Regular Air Mail Service Nyasaland-Southern Rhodesia" cachet, airmail etiquette cover franked 7d.

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Date: 1934, Mar 7
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Nyasaland

Description: Rhodesia and Nyasaland Airways first direct official airmail from Nyasaland to South West Africa, Limbe to Windhoek 11/3, via Blantyre 8/3 and Salisbury 8/3, black boxed three line "First Flight Regular Air Mail Service Nyasaland-Southern Rhodesia" cachet, airmail etiquette cover franked 7d.
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Lot Number: 436

(Mexico) First flight airmail cover Mexico City to NY bs.

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Date: 1929, Mar 9
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Mexico

Description: First flight airmail cover Mexico City to NY bs.
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Lot Number: 429

(Malaya ) F/F Penang to Singapore,  blue/cream souvenir cover with framed head and shoulders picture in lower lh corner of HM King George VI with 'Crowned/12th May 1937' text , also blue printed 'First Flight/Penanag-Singapore/Internal Malayan/Airmail Service'. The cover is both attractive and uncommon. See scan.

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Date: 1937, Jun 28
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Malaya

Description: F/F Penang to Singapore, blue/cream souvenir cover with framed head and shoulders picture in lower lh corner of HM King George VI with 'Crowned/12th May 1937' text , also blue printed 'First Flight/Penanag-Singapore/Internal Malayan/Airmail Service'. The cover is both attractive and uncommon. See scan.
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Lot Number: 414

(Kenya) Nairobi to Tanga, 23/10, carried on first airmail link between GB and Tanganyika via Imperial Airways, GB to Kisumu, mail train to Mombasa, and Tanganyika Government Service from Mombasa to Tanga. Tunstall cover franked 35c canc Nairobi cds, ms 'By First Flight/Kisumu-Tanga. Small mail. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1931, Oct 22
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Kenya

Description: Nairobi to Tanga, 23/10, carried on first airmail link between GB and Tanganyika via Imperial Airways, GB to Kisumu, mail train to Mombasa, and Tanganyika Government Service from Mombasa to Tanga. Tunstall cover franked 35c canc Nairobi cds, ms 'By First Flight/Kisumu-Tanga. Small mail. Francis Field authentication hs verso.
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Lot Number: 415

(Kenya) Nairobi to Zanzibar carried on first airmail link between GB and Tanganyika via Imperial Airways GB to Kisumu, mail train to Mombasa, and Tanganyika Government Service from Mombasa to Zanzibar, bs 23/10. Tunstall cover franked 35c canc Nairobi cds, ms 'By First Flight/Kisumu-Zanzibar. Small mail.

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Date: 1931, Oct 23
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Kenya

Description: Nairobi to Zanzibar carried on first airmail link between GB and Tanganyika via Imperial Airways GB to Kisumu, mail train to Mombasa, and Tanganyika Government Service from Mombasa to Zanzibar, bs 23/10. Tunstall cover franked 35c canc Nairobi cds, ms 'By First Flight/Kisumu-Zanzibar. Small mail.
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Lot Number: 418

(Kenya) East African coastal route feeder service, Dar es Salaam to Nairobi via Zanzibar, Tanga and Mombassa,  first flight Wilson Airways  Mombassa to Nairobi, plain cover franked 35 cents, typed 'First Flight Mombassa to Nairobi. Only 29 covers carried on the Tanga to Nairobi leg. Few faint tone spots.

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Date: 1932, Aug 20
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Kenya

Description: East African coastal route feeder service, Dar es Salaam to Nairobi via Zanzibar, Tanga and Mombassa, first flight Wilson Airways Mombassa to Nairobi, plain cover franked 35 cents, typed 'First Flight Mombassa to Nairobi. Only 29 covers carried on the Tanga to Nairobi leg. Few faint tone spots.
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Lot Number: 400

(Iraq) Imperial Airways England-India via Baghdad, first regular service Baghdad to Karachi, bs 6/4,  plain cover franked 4 1/2a canc. Baghdad cds, scarce purple oval cachet "Airmail/England-India Route/Baghdad/April 3, 1929/First Flight".

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Date: 1929, Apr 4
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Iraq

Description: Imperial Airways England-India via Baghdad, first regular service Baghdad to Karachi, bs 6/4, plain cover franked 4 1/2a canc. Baghdad cds, scarce purple oval cachet "Airmail/England-India Route/Baghdad/April 3, 1929/First Flight".
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Lot Number: 349

(Gold Coast) American Air mail Service, F/F Gold Coast to England via the all air Pan Am FAM 22 West Africa-Brazil-Miami-Lagos-Bathurst service, Accra to Manchester, plain etiquette cover, correctly rated 5/6d for Gold Coast-UK mail, fine strike violet three line "First Flight/Regular Air Mail Service/GOLD COAST-USA" flight cachet, red hexagonal PBC/5/Gold Coast censor mark. Carried by Pan Am 'all the way', first E-W on the new FAM 22 service, then W-E to Lisbon on FAM 18, then BOAC/KLM to London. Crossed the Atlantic twice by air, service discontinued in March 1942. Super wartime item. Image.

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Date: 1941, Dec 23
Est. price: £150.00
Category: Gold Coast

Description: American Air mail Service, F/F Gold Coast to England via the all air Pan Am FAM 22 West Africa-Brazil-Miami-Lagos-Bathurst service, Accra to Manchester, plain etiquette cover, correctly rated 5/6d for Gold Coast-UK mail, fine strike violet three line "First Flight/Regular Air Mail Service/GOLD COAST-USA" flight cachet, red hexagonal PBC/5/Gold Coast censor mark. Carried by Pan Am 'all the way', first E-W on the new FAM 22 service, then W-E to Lisbon on FAM 18, then BOAC/KLM to London. Crossed the Atlantic twice by air, service discontinued in March 1942. Super wartime item. Image.
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Lot Number: 291

(GB Internal) Provincial Airways Ltd, inauguration of the third GB Internal Airmail Service, " West Country Air Service", London to Plymouth, Stanley Gibbons embossed flap envelpe, franked 1 1/2d and 3d orange bi-coloured vignette tied by PA Ltd 'Croydon' 25 Nov 1933 hs, framed "First Flight" cachet, plain cover. The service operated for six days only.

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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, Stanley Gibbons embossed flap envelpe, franked 1 1/2d and 3d orange bi-coloured vignette tied by PA Ltd 'Croydon' 25 Nov 1933 hs, framed "First Flight" cachet, plain cover. The service operated for six days only.
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Lot Number: 301

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight commercial cover to Enfield cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue.Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £200.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight commercial cover to Enfield cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue.Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).
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Lot Number: 310

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

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Date: 1935, Dec 2
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: F/F New RAS Contract following the expiry of the Hillman AW contract, first flight Glasgow to Liverpool, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, bearing the Company's receiving cachet applied at Lime Street Station. Signed by pilot Capt E.F.Finnegan.
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Lot Number: 302

(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: 329

(GB Internal) First flight from Inverness to Kirkwall at the new 2 1/2d rate, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Sutton Coldfield, Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1949, May 1
Est. price: £15.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: First flight from Inverness to Kirkwall at the new 2 1/2d rate, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Sutton Coldfield, Francis Field authentication hs verso.
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Lot Number: 300

(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: £80.00
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: 208

(GB External) Commercial airmail carried on the first flight of the Imperial Airways Africa south bound service AS1, London to Kampala, Uganda bs 9/3, and on to uncommon destination Fort Portal 12/3, plain cover, correctly rated 7d and posted on the first day of the new postage rate combining the air fee and ordinary postage

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Date: 1931, Feb 25
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB External

Description: Commercial airmail carried on the first flight of the Imperial Airways Africa south bound service AS1, London to Kampala, Uganda bs 9/3, and on to uncommon destination Fort Portal 12/3, plain cover, correctly rated 7d and posted on the first day of the new postage rate combining the air fee and ordinary postage
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Lot Number: 242

(GB External) Imperial Airways F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Cook Islands, bs Rarotonga 29/8, typed  "First Flight/to/Cook Islands/at/1 1/2d Rate"

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Date: 1938, Jul 23
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Cook Islands, bs Rarotonga 29/8, typed "First Flight/to/Cook Islands/at/1 1/2d Rate"
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Lot Number: 245

(GB External) F/F Third Stage Empire Air Mail Scheme, London to Nauru, 25/8 arrival confirmation ds on front, plain cover franked 1 1/2d,  "First Flight/to/Nauru/at/1 1/2d Rate", Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F Third Stage Empire Air Mail Scheme, London to Nauru, 25/8 arrival confirmation ds on front, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, "First Flight/to/Nauru/at/1 1/2d Rate", Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 262

(GB External) World War II GB to Hong Kong, uncensored HMG Ministry of Pensions cover (embossed logo on flap), franked 1/- and 2/6d (sg 476), ms 'Via New York.via Trans and Pacific Air Services'. Correctly rated  3/6d for carriage on the new service opening on 21 May 1941 and  routed by sea to New York, then by air across the US and the Pacific to Hong Kong. Until then the only airmail alternative had been via the 5/- 'All Air' route. Correctly franked at the new service rate, this cover could have been carried on the first flight of this new service. It only operated for 6 months, and terminated on 7 Dec 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbour. A nice item, full of history. Image.

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Date: 1941, Apr 25
Est. price: £100.00
Category: GB External

Description: World War II GB to Hong Kong, uncensored HMG Ministry of Pensions cover (embossed logo on flap), franked 1/- and 2/6d (sg 476), ms 'Via New York.via Trans and Pacific Air Services'. Correctly rated 3/6d for carriage on the new service opening on 21 May 1941 and routed by sea to New York, then by air across the US and the Pacific to Hong Kong. Until then the only airmail alternative had been via the 5/- 'All Air' route. Correctly franked at the new service rate, this cover could have been carried on the first flight of this new service. It only operated for 6 months, and terminated on 7 Dec 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbour. A nice item, full of history. Image.
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Lot Number: 235

(GB External) F/F London to Lagos, and return, carried  on first Kano-Lagos extension of London-Nigeria service, four line cachet  "Air Mail/First Despatch/Lagos-London/29-10-36", ms endorsement "By First Flight London-Lagos and Return", b/s Lagos 22/10. Also franked Nigeria 6d for return and four line, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1936, Oct 15
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F London to Lagos, and return, carried on first Kano-Lagos extension of London-Nigeria service, four line cachet "Air Mail/First Despatch/Lagos-London/29-10-36", ms endorsement "By First Flight London-Lagos and Return", b/s Lagos 22/10. Also franked Nigeria 6d for return and four line, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 202

(GB External) Imperial Airways first flight London to India, bs Bombay GPO 9/4, airmail etiquette cover franked 7 1/2d The route taken is of interest showing the lack of cooperation by the Italian authorities who declined to allow flights over their territories by way of France or Switzerland. An airliner carried the mail to Basle, from there it was taken by train overnight to Genoa,  then by flying boat to plane to Alexandria via Rome, Naples, Corfu, Athens, Crete and Tobruk. and from there it was flown on the city of Jerusalem to Karachi.

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Date: 1929, Mar 30
Est. price: £16.00
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways first flight London to India, bs Bombay GPO 9/4, airmail etiquette cover franked 7 1/2d The route taken is of interest showing the lack of cooperation by the Italian authorities who declined to allow flights over their territories by way of France or Switzerland. An airliner carried the mail to Basle, from there it was taken by train overnight to Genoa, then by flying boat to plane to Alexandria via Rome, Naples, Corfu, Athens, Crete and Tobruk. and from there it was flown on the city of Jerusalem to Karachi.
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Lot Number: 244

(GB External) F/F Third Stage EAMS England to Papua, NG, Port Moresby, bs 10/8, via Townsville, 8/8, typed endorsement "First Flight/to/Papua/at/1 1/2d rate, franked 1 1/2d.

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £30.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F Third Stage EAMS England to Papua, NG, Port Moresby, bs 10/8, via Townsville, 8/8, typed endorsement "First Flight/to/Papua/at/1 1/2d rate, franked 1 1/2d.
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Lot Number: 55

(Collections) 1965 BOAC seven first flight stages from Fiji, no duplication.

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Date: 1965, Nov 25
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Collections

Description: 1965 BOAC seven first flight stages from Fiji, no duplication.
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Lot Number: 137

(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.

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Date: 1931, Mar 05
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Egypt

Description: 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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Lot Number: 129

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, Shanghai to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.45, official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet,  fine blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet , and fine red straight line 'Via Hongkong & by U.S. Air Service' hs, typed "Via C.N.A.C. -Hongkong/U.S. Air Service.Image.

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £50.00
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, Shanghai to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.45, official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, fine blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet , and fine red straight line 'Via Hongkong & by U.S. Air Service' hs, typed "Via C.N.A.C. -Hongkong/U.S. Air Service.Image.
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