Lot Number: 40

(Collections) Railway Air Service, fine collection of 20 first flights, 18 with back stamps, all fine official covers and no duplication. Image shows five from this collection. Image.

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Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: Collections

Description: Railway Air Service, fine collection of 20 first flights, 18 with back stamps, all fine official covers and no duplication. Image shows five from this collection. Image.

Lot Number: 115

(Canada) First flight Montreal to Toronto using the newly issued 5c air stamp, blue framed three line  'This mail was Carried By/Postal Aeroplane'.

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Date: 1928, Sep 22
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: Canada

Description: First flight Montreal to Toronto using the newly issued 5c air stamp, blue framed three line 'This mail was Carried By/Postal Aeroplane'.

Lot Number: 117

(Canton ) Canton Island to New Caledonia, bs Noumea 15/9, a Clara Adam's self addressed letter carried on the Canton-Noumea leg of the first paying passenger flight from San Francisco to New Zealand, airmail cover franked 10c.  Posted by Clara Adams, the well known 'First Flighter' who was a passenger and addressed this cover to herself ,c/o Pan Am, Noumea, and posted it when the plane stopped at Canton. A nice piece of  aerophilatelic history and signed, 'Clara Adams/Round Trip passenger'.

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Date: 1940, Sep 14
Est. price: £150.00 £127.50
Category: Canton

Description: Canton Island to New Caledonia, bs Noumea 15/9, a Clara Adam's self addressed letter carried on the Canton-Noumea leg of the first paying passenger flight from San Francisco to New Zealand, airmail cover franked 10c. Posted by Clara Adams, the well known 'First Flighter' who was a passenger and addressed this cover to herself ,c/o Pan Am, Noumea, and posted it when the plane stopped at Canton. A nice piece of aerophilatelic history and signed, 'Clara Adams/Round Trip passenger'.

Lot Number: 128

(China) F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds,  official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, and fine official blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet, also red two line 'First Flight China Clipper/China-USA' and blue 'Via CNAC-Hong Kong/and US Air Service', registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom and gold "First Air Mail/China to USA" illustrated vignette.

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Date: 1937, Apr 26
Est. price: £55.00 £46.75
Category: China

Description: F/F FAM 14 China Clipper, China to San Francisco, bs 4/5, franked $1.70 canc Shanghai cds, official green "China-USA First Flight" circular cachet, and fine official blue "Hong Kong to San Francisco....." cachet, also red two line 'First Flight China Clipper/China-USA' and blue 'Via CNAC-Hong Kong/and US Air Service', registered (label) printed souvenir cover with blue/red route map along bottom and gold "First Air Mail/China to USA" illustrated vignette.

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 £68.00
Category: GB Internal

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

Lot Number: 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 £170.00
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).

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 £127.50
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.

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 £170.00
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.

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 £21.25
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.

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 £21.25
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.