Lot Number: 550

(Aviation Postal History) Imperial Airways/BOAC Short Empire Flying Boat 'CassiopG-ADUX on the 'Cassiopeia' on the water. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Imperial Airways/BOAC Short Empire Flying Boat 'CassiopG-ADUX on the 'Cassiopeia' on the water. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 549

(Aviation Postal History) Imperial Airways Short S23 Empire Flying Boat, G-AETY, 'Clio'. Converted to a military role for coastal reconnaissance by RAF, crashed.
 Isle of Islay Aug 1941.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Imperial Airways Short S23 Empire Flying Boat, G-AETY, 'Clio'. Converted to a military role for coastal reconnaissance by RAF, crashed. Isle of Islay Aug 1941.
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Lot Number: 548

(Aviation Postal History) Imperial Airways Short S.23 "C" Class flying boat "Cameronian" (G-AEUE) on the water, serviced the Empire Routes. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Imperial Airways Short S.23 "C" Class flying boat "Cameronian" (G-AEUE) on the water, serviced the Empire Routes. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 556

(Aviation Postal History) Tasman Empire Airways Sunderland Short S 30 Empire Class flying boat `Awarua', Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Tasman Empire Airways Sunderland Short S 30 Empire Class flying boat `Awarua', Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 546

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short S-30 flying boat 'Champion', serviced the Empire routes, original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short S-30 flying boat 'Champion', serviced the Empire routes, original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 544

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Mayo Composite, Mercury. Upper Machine, original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Mayo Composite, Mercury. Upper Machine, original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 547

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Tasman Empire Airways Short S.30, 'Aotearoa'. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Tasman Empire Airways Short S.30, 'Aotearoa'. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 543

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Mayo Composite, Mercury. Lower machine, original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Mayo Composite, Mercury. Lower machine, original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 542

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Mayo Composite, Mercury + Maia. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Mayo Composite, Mercury + Maia. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 545

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short S-30 'Australia', G-AFCZ, TEAL c1937/BOAC c1940. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short S-30 'Australia', G-AFCZ, TEAL c1937/BOAC c1940. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 539

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways C Class 'Clyde', Trans-Atlantic route and refuelling services. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways C Class 'Clyde', Trans-Atlantic route and refuelling services. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 541

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Empire 'Challenger', G-ADVD, crashed din Mozambique harbour 1939. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways Short Empire 'Challenger', G-ADVD, crashed din Mozambique harbour 1939. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 540

(Aviation Postal History) Flying Boat Imperial Airways 'Cambria', 1937 Trans-Atlantic survey flight, Asia, Australia routes. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.

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Date: Plane
Est. price: £18.00
Category: Aviation Postal History

Description: Flying Boat Imperial Airways 'Cambria', 1937 Trans-Atlantic survey flight, Asia, Australia routes. Original B&W photograph, 10x15cm.
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Lot Number: 436

(Southern Rhodesia) First direct flight Bulawayo to Beira by RANA to Beira, b/s 30/6, red three line cachet, violet "Por Avio" hs, printed etiquette cover franked 2d, Francis Field authentication hs verso. This flight connected with the Flying Boat service from Durban but only 25 covers were flown to Beira (ref. Stern).This fight is recorded in but a few of the standard works of reference.

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Date: 1937, Jun 30
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Southern Rhodesia

Description: First direct flight Bulawayo to Beira by RANA to Beira, b/s 30/6, red three line cachet, violet "Por Avio" hs, printed etiquette cover franked 2d, Francis Field authentication hs verso. This flight connected with the Flying Boat service from Durban but only 25 covers were flown to Beira (ref. Stern).This fight is recorded in but a few of the standard works of reference.
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Lot Number: 394

(Scarce/Unusual Routing) Switzerland to Indochina, ZURICH to SAIGON. By rail from Switzerland to Naples, then by Air France Far Eastern service weekly service on the FLYING BOAT LEO H-242 which left Naples on 15/7 on a seven day all air flight arriving Saigon bs  21/7. Plain cover, ms 'Chiasso', franked F1 for 30c UPU plus 70c air fee.

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Date: 1937, Jul 12
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce/Unusual Routing

Description: Switzerland to Indochina, ZURICH to SAIGON. By rail from Switzerland to Naples, then by Air France Far Eastern service weekly service on the FLYING BOAT LEO H-242 which left Naples on 15/7 on a seven day all air flight arriving Saigon bs 21/7. Plain cover, ms 'Chiasso', franked F1 for 30c UPU plus 70c air fee.
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Lot Number: 381

(Scarce/Unusual Routing) Commercial airmail, Egypt To France, CAIRO TO TOULOUSE, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN60 which left Cairo 5/5 on City of Arundel, and arrived Brindisi bs 6/5 on Scipio flying boat, then on by surface to Toulouse, A Metropolitan Hotel, Cairo cover, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Jusqu'a applied at Brindisi. RATED 33 mils ( 20 mils ordinary and 13 mils air fee, 2ml,4ml,27ml). This was the first Africa northbound service to carry passengers.

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Date: 1932, May 2
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Scarce/Unusual Routing

Description: Commercial airmail, Egypt To France, CAIRO TO TOULOUSE, by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN60 which left Cairo 5/5 on City of Arundel, and arrived Brindisi bs 6/5 on Scipio flying boat, then on by surface to Toulouse, A Metropolitan Hotel, Cairo cover, airmail etiquette annulled with black cross Jusqu'a applied at Brindisi. RATED 33 mils ( 20 mils ordinary and 13 mils air fee, 2ml,4ml,27ml). This was the first Africa northbound service to carry passengers.
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Lot Number: 391

(Scarce/Unusual Routing) First airmail service outside Nigeria, Uzuako to London, bs SuttonColdfield 28/2, via Enugu 14/2, plain cover franked 6d, ms 'By First Air', airmail etiquette. Carried by train to Kano to join the inaugural flight of Imperial Airways's Kano-Khartoum feeder service (Daedelus), then on to London by flight AN317 Imperial AW Africa service (Horsa to Athens, FLYING BOAT Satyrus to Brindisi, Horatius to London). Uncommon origin, great routing, nice item.

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Date: 1936, Feb 14
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Scarce/Unusual Routing

Description: First airmail service outside Nigeria, Uzuako to London, bs SuttonColdfield 28/2, via Enugu 14/2, plain cover franked 6d, ms 'By First Air', airmail etiquette. Carried by train to Kano to join the inaugural flight of Imperial Airways's Kano-Khartoum feeder service (Daedelus), then on to London by flight AN317 Imperial AW Africa service (Horsa to Athens, FLYING BOAT Satyrus to Brindisi, Horatius to London). Uncommon origin, great routing, nice item.
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Lot Number: 369

(Recovered/Salvaged Mail) A crash at Beirut of the weekly Air Orient service flying boat 'Liban' on a France to Indonesia flight, VOSEGES to SAIGON, which left Marseille 10/8 cds. The salvaged mail was forwarded by KLM arriving Saigon 19/8 cds. Plain cover, stamps washed off, residual Voseges postmarks, date unclear, verso good strike black two line 'Lettre Parvenue Deteriore/Suite Accidente Courrier Avion' applied in Saigon. Ni 320813a.

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Date: 1932, Aug 8
Est. price: £60.00
Category: Recovered/Salvaged Mail

Description: A crash at Beirut of the weekly Air Orient service flying boat 'Liban' on a France to Indonesia flight, VOSEGES to SAIGON, which left Marseille 10/8 cds. The salvaged mail was forwarded by KLM arriving Saigon 19/8 cds. Plain cover, stamps washed off, residual Voseges postmarks, date unclear, verso good strike black two line 'Lettre Parvenue Deteriore/Suite Accidente Courrier Avion' applied in Saigon. Ni 320813a.
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Lot Number: 140

(Flying boat flights) Auckland-London, carried on the inaugural flight FLYING BOAT "Aotearoa" from Auckland to Sydney, then Qantas/BOAC to London, no arrival ds, large framed cachet, souvenir cover with imprint photo of plane.  Service suspended in June 1940 when Italy joined the war.

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Date: 1940, Apr 27
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Auckland-London, carried on the inaugural flight FLYING BOAT "Aotearoa" from Auckland to Sydney, then Qantas/BOAC to London, no arrival ds, large framed cachet, souvenir cover with imprint photo of plane. Service suspended in June 1940 when Italy joined the war.
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Lot Number: 335

(New Zealand) FLYING BOAT, Auckland-London, bs, carried on the inaugural flight FLYING BOAT "Aotearoa" from Auckland to Sydney, then Qantas/BOAC to London, large framed cachet, souvenir cover with imprint photo of plane.  Service suspended in June 1940 when Italy joined the war.

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Date: 1940, Apr 27
Est. price: £35.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: FLYING BOAT, Auckland-London, bs, carried on the inaugural flight FLYING BOAT "Aotearoa" from Auckland to Sydney, then Qantas/BOAC to London, large framed cachet, souvenir cover with imprint photo of plane. Service suspended in June 1940 when Italy joined the war.
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Lot Number: 333

(New Zealand) First mail from New Zealand to England dispatched under Stage 3 of the Empire Air Mail Scheme and first thrice weekly service from Australia, Wanganui to England, no arrival ds, printed souvenir 'Empire Air Mail Service' corner cover  franked 1 1/2d canc Wanganui /4 Aug/1938 cds. Departed from NZ by sea on 4 Aug aboard the SS Waganella to Sydney from where it departed on 9 Aug in flying boat Coriolanus to Southampton. Although 26 July was the official start of Stage 3 EAMS, acceptances from New Zealand were held back for the flight that left on 9 August to ensure that the first EAMS mail did not overtake the last sea-mail service.

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Date: 1938, Aug 4
Est. price: £25.00
Category: New Zealand

Description: First mail from New Zealand to England dispatched under Stage 3 of the Empire Air Mail Scheme and first thrice weekly service from Australia, Wanganui to England, no arrival ds, printed souvenir 'Empire Air Mail Service' corner cover franked 1 1/2d canc Wanganui /4 Aug/1938 cds. Departed from NZ by sea on 4 Aug aboard the SS Waganella to Sydney from where it departed on 9 Aug in flying boat Coriolanus to Southampton. Although 26 July was the official start of Stage 3 EAMS, acceptances from New Zealand were held back for the flight that left on 9 August to ensure that the first EAMS mail did not overtake the last sea-mail service.
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Lot Number: 292

(Interruptions and Accidents) 
Egypt to France, CAIRO to PARIS, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN152 which left 8 February (delayed) and arrived Brindisi 9 February. On by rail, arrived Paris 12 February (b/s), delivered 13 February (b/s). Plain cover franked 57mils for 20mil UPU, 20mil registration, 13 mil air fee, 4 mil excess. DELAY. Cover was carried by service AN 152 which departed Cairo on 8/2 having arrived Cairo to schedule at 11.00 on 6 Feb. in the 1-1P42 Hanno. From there it should have been flown to Alexandria the following morning but instead, it was sent by train b/s Turin TPO  10/34 (reason unknown). The Short Kent flying boat Sylvanus should have departed at 11.00 the same day but instead she left at 08.30 on 8 Feb. (one day late). The reasons for the delays are shown as "miscellaneous" on the I.A. movement chart. The service arrived Croydon at 11.45 on 11 Feb. - still one day behind schedule. Ex Proud.

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Date: 1943, Feb 6
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Egypt to France, CAIRO to PARIS, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN152 which left 8 February (delayed) and arrived Brindisi 9 February. On by rail, arrived Paris 12 February (b/s), delivered 13 February (b/s). Plain cover franked 57mils for 20mil UPU, 20mil registration, 13 mil air fee, 4 mil excess. DELAY. Cover was carried by service AN 152 which departed Cairo on 8/2 having arrived Cairo to schedule at 11.00 on 6 Feb. in the 1-1P42 Hanno. From there it should have been flown to Alexandria the following morning but instead, it was sent by train b/s Turin TPO 10/34 (reason unknown). The Short Kent flying boat Sylvanus should have departed at 11.00 the same day but instead she left at 08.30 on 8 Feb. (one day late). The reasons for the delays are shown as "miscellaneous" on the I.A. movement chart. The service arrived Croydon at 11.45 on 11 Feb. - still one day behind schedule. Ex Proud.
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Lot Number: 278

(India) WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 23x17cm, franked  8R 14annas 6 p(KGVI 14 As x10 + 2As 6p), sealed red/white India OBC sensor tape tied by India black triangular censor mark. Correctly franked annas for inclusive x9 weight franking. Some top edge crumple, see scan..

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Date: 1941, Sep 4
Est. price: £75.00
Category: India

Description: WWII high franked censored airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried from Bombay to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the emergency Horseshoe Flying Boat Route established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Airmail etiquette commercial corner cover, 23x17cm, franked 8R 14annas 6 p(KGVI 14 As x10 + 2As 6p), sealed red/white India OBC sensor tape tied by India black triangular censor mark. Correctly franked annas for inclusive x9 weight franking. Some top edge crumple, see scan..
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Lot Number: 192

(GB External) First service on new accelerated England-India-Australia service, London to Bombay, bs 13/4, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, typed 'First Flight to India/in 2 1/2 days/via Southampton, Karachi/10/4/38", Carried all the way to Karachi by  flying boat 'Centaurus' on Imperial Airways eastern service flight IE643. See Wingent, p41.

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Date: 1938, Apr 8
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: First service on new accelerated England-India-Australia service, London to Bombay, bs 13/4, plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, typed 'First Flight to India/in 2 1/2 days/via Southampton, Karachi/10/4/38", Carried all the way to Karachi by flying boat 'Centaurus' on Imperial Airways eastern service flight IE643. See Wingent, p41.
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Lot Number: 193

(GB External) SCARCE, First acceptance of mail for NEW ZEALAND, bs Te Aro 20/7 via the Qantas/Imperial Airways, FIRST 'ALL THE WAY' BY FLYING BOAT MAIL TO AUSTRALIA. Carried on the on Imperial Airways Eastern Service flight # IE665, plain cover franked 1/3d, canc London 25 Jun 38 cds, typed 'Inaugural Flight/England-Australia-/New Zealand Air Mail'. By FLYING BOAT all the way to Sydney -  Camilla/Cordelia to Karachi, Challenger/Cordelia to Singapore, Challenger to Sydney. See Wingent p50.

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Date: 1938, Jun 26
Est. price: £250.00
Category: GB External

Description: SCARCE, First acceptance of mail for NEW ZEALAND, bs Te Aro 20/7 via the Qantas/Imperial Airways, FIRST 'ALL THE WAY' BY FLYING BOAT MAIL TO AUSTRALIA. Carried on the on Imperial Airways Eastern Service flight # IE665, plain cover franked 1/3d, canc London 25 Jun 38 cds, typed 'Inaugural Flight/England-Australia-/New Zealand Air Mail'. By FLYING BOAT all the way to Sydney - Camilla/Cordelia to Karachi, Challenger/Cordelia to Singapore, Challenger to Sydney. See Wingent p50.
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Lot Number: 161

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 10/6 leaving Saigon 10/6 arriving Marseilles bs 19/6 and delivered Paris bs 20/6. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Printed 'Parfumiere Paul Prat' commercial cover, grey/black etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille-Paris', round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34, to testify correct franking for airmail letters (see 'Ligne Nogues', Collot & Cornu, p255). Franked 70c = 60c /10g air fee  + 6c/0-20g colonial + 4c overpaid.

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Date: 1932, Jun 10
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO PARIS, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 10/6 leaving Saigon 10/6 arriving Marseilles bs 19/6 and delivered Paris bs 20/6. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Printed 'Parfumiere Paul Prat' commercial cover, grey/black etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille-Paris', round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34, to testify correct franking for airmail letters (see 'Ligne Nogues', Collot & Cornu, p255). Franked 70c = 60c /10g air fee + 6c/0-20g colonial + 4c overpaid.
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Lot Number: 160

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO HOUILLES, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon bs 17/7, arriving Marseilles 26/7, and delivered Houilles bs 28/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union.  Plain commercial cover, 23x16cm, with a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters, also a red/black 'Par Avion/Saigon-Marseille/Via Air Orient' etiquette which, on arrival at Marseilles, was struck over with a black crossed bars hand stamp to mark the end of air transport.  Non invasive lower rh corner nibble, and minor creasing.

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Date: 1931, Jul 16
Est. price: £45.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO HOUILLES, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon bs 17/7, arriving Marseilles 26/7, and delivered Houilles bs 28/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain commercial cover, 23x16cm, with a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters, also a red/black 'Par Avion/Saigon-Marseille/Via Air Orient' etiquette which, on arrival at Marseilles, was struck over with a black crossed bars hand stamp to mark the end of air transport. Non invasive lower rh corner nibble, and minor creasing.
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Lot Number: 159

(French Indochina) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO MACON  LOIRE, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient service flight posted 18/1, left Saigon 19/1, arrived Marseilles 30/6 and delivered Macon bs 1/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Grey/orange 'Via Air Orient', grey green/black airmail etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille'. Franked 66c, correctly RATED for 60c air charge + 6c ordinary.

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Date: 1931, Jun 18
Est. price: £25.00
Category: French Indochina

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO MACON LOIRE, carried on the fortnightly Air Orient service flight posted 18/1, left Saigon 19/1, arrived Marseilles 30/6 and delivered Macon bs 1/7. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and CAMS 53 flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Grey/orange 'Via Air Orient', grey green/black airmail etiquette, ms 'Saigon-Marseille'. Franked 66c, correctly RATED for 60c air charge + 6c ordinary.
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Lot Number: 142

(Flying boat flights) Qantas first Australia-Singapore service after cessation of WWII by flying boat 'Coriolanus', company cover franked 2 1/2d, postmarked Sydney 4 Oct 45, b/s, 4pm 8.10.45, SIGNED BY THE PILOT CAPT K G CALDWELL AND THE CO-PILOT. AAMC 1009

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Date: 1945, Oct 4
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Qantas first Australia-Singapore service after cessation of WWII by flying boat 'Coriolanus', company cover franked 2 1/2d, postmarked Sydney 4 Oct 45, b/s, 4pm 8.10.45, SIGNED BY THE PILOT CAPT K G CALDWELL AND THE CO-PILOT. AAMC 1009
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Lot Number: 143

(Flying boat flights) F/F Qantas inaugurated flying boat service, Suva to Sydney, bs 20/11, official "Coriolanus VH AGB" souvenir cover with company logo on flap, franked 1/5d., signed by pilot, O Denny.

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Date: 1945, Nov 18
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: F/F Qantas inaugurated flying boat service, Suva to Sydney, bs 20/11, official "Coriolanus VH AGB" souvenir cover with company logo on flap, franked 1/5d., signed by pilot, O Denny.
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Lot Number: 141

(Flying boat flights) Wartime airmail, first regular Sydney-Auckland airmail, bs Auckland 2/5, carried in flying boat "Aotearoa", blue/grey TEAL souvenir company cover, 22x10cm, correctly rated 5d for air to NZ. When Italy entered the war in June 1949 this service became the first leg of the 'all air' Pacific Clipper Service to GB via Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon. A nice historical item.

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Date: 1940, Apr 30
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Wartime airmail, first regular Sydney-Auckland airmail, bs Auckland 2/5, carried in flying boat "Aotearoa", blue/grey TEAL souvenir company cover, 22x10cm, correctly rated 5d for air to NZ. When Italy entered the war in June 1949 this service became the first leg of the 'all air' Pacific Clipper Service to GB via Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon. A nice historical item.
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Lot Number: 137

(Flying boat flights) TEST LETTER, Imperial Airways, F/F new accelerated England-South Africa service, London to Cape Town, addressed to L.A.Wyndham, bs House of Assembly, Union of South Africa 18/4, printed 'First Accelerated Mail/by Flying Boat "Ceres" to South Africa'. Carried by Ceres to Wadi Halfa, Canopus to Mozambique, then Coriolanus to Durban. Transit time reduced to four days.

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Date: 1938, Apr 9
Est. price: £45.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: TEST LETTER, Imperial Airways, F/F new accelerated England-South Africa service, London to Cape Town, addressed to L.A.Wyndham, bs House of Assembly, Union of South Africa 18/4, printed 'First Accelerated Mail/by Flying Boat "Ceres" to South Africa'. Carried by Ceres to Wadi Halfa, Canopus to Mozambique, then Coriolanus to Durban. Transit time reduced to four days.
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Lot Number: 139

(Flying boat flights) F/ F North Atlantic Service, Southampton to  New York, bs 6/8, carried by flying boat 'caribou'. Official Imperial Airways cover franked block 6 x 2 1/2d.

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Date: 1939, Aug 5
Est. price: £15.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: F/ F North Atlantic Service, Southampton to New York, bs 6/8, carried by flying boat 'caribou'. Official Imperial Airways cover franked block 6 x 2 1/2d.
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Lot Number: 131

(Flying boat flights) Imperial Airways, by Courtier all the way, first northbound all flying boat service AN 453, Durban to Uplands, Kenya, bs 9/6, etiquette cover franked 5d.

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Date: 1937, Jun 6
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Imperial Airways, by Courtier all the way, first northbound all flying boat service AN 453, Durban to Uplands, Kenya, bs 9/6, etiquette cover franked 5d.
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Lot Number: 133

(Flying boat flights) Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service AN 453, Durban to Portuguese East Africa, bs Beira 6/6 tying triangular Company de Mocambique 30c. Souvenir cover printed 'First Flight/Seaplane Service Between/Durban-England' franked 6d.

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Date: 1937, Jun 6
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service AN 453, Durban to Portuguese East Africa, bs Beira 6/6 tying triangular Company de Mocambique 30c. Souvenir cover printed 'First Flight/Seaplane Service Between/Durban-England' franked 6d.
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Lot Number: 132

(Flying boat flights) Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service AN 453, Durban to Lourenco Marques, bs 7/6, etiquette letter franked 6d, carried by COURTIER.

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Date: 1937, Jun 6
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service AN 453, Durban to Lourenco Marques, bs 7/6, etiquette letter franked 6d, carried by COURTIER.
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Lot Number: 134

(Flying boat flights) South Africa to GB, Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service via coastal route FLOWN ALL THE WAY BY COURTIER, IAW northbound service #453. Durban to London, 14/6 arrival ds over stamp on front, PPC with superb B&W photo of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, franked 3d.

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Date: 1937, Jun 6
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: South Africa to GB, Imperial Airways, first northbound all flying boat service via coastal route FLOWN ALL THE WAY BY COURTIER, IAW northbound service #453. Durban to London, 14/6 arrival ds over stamp on front, PPC with superb B&W photo of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, franked 3d.
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Lot Number: 135

(Flying boat flights) Laurenco Marques to London, Rotherham 21/6 arrival ds on front, inauguration of the imperial Airways Coastal Flying Boat Service, first acceptance of northbound mails from L. Marques, carried all the way by Imperial Airways 'Canopus', IAW northbound service #455. Commercial Union cover with company logo embossed on flap, franked 1.75E with 1936 Moz A8 postage due label for airmail with ms Frs 0.42f, used to pay the air fee. Small mail, nice item

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Date: 1937, Jun 10
Est. price: £70.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Laurenco Marques to London, Rotherham 21/6 arrival ds on front, inauguration of the imperial Airways Coastal Flying Boat Service, first acceptance of northbound mails from L. Marques, carried all the way by Imperial Airways 'Canopus', IAW northbound service #455. Commercial Union cover with company logo embossed on flap, franked 1.75E with 1936 Moz A8 postage due label for airmail with ms Frs 0.42f, used to pay the air fee. Small mail, nice item
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Lot Number: 129

(Flying boat flights) LAOS to France, VIENTIAN TO BORDEAUX by weekly Air Orient flight which left Saigon 5/11 and arrived Marseilles 14/11 (b/s) and delivered 16/11 (b/s). Fokker F VIIb planes between Saigon and Karachi, Farman 303 planes between Karachi and Damascus, bus/car to Beyrouth, and CAMS FLYING BOATS Beyrouth to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Blue border imprint etiquette cover franked 36c for 6c colonial rate and 30c air fee.

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Date: 1933, Oct 27
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: LAOS to France, VIENTIAN TO BORDEAUX by weekly Air Orient flight which left Saigon 5/11 and arrived Marseilles 14/11 (b/s) and delivered 16/11 (b/s). Fokker F VIIb planes between Saigon and Karachi, Farman 303 planes between Karachi and Damascus, bus/car to Beyrouth, and CAMS FLYING BOATS Beyrouth to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Blue border imprint etiquette cover franked 36c for 6c colonial rate and 30c air fee.
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Lot Number: 128

(Flying boat flights) Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO SAONE ET LOIRE, on the weekly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon 5/8 arriving Marseilles bs 16/8 and delivered 17/8. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and  flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Attractive blue/grey ' Via Saigon/Marseille' imprint etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Saigon, and a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters. Correctly RATED 36c for 30c/5g air fee (introduced 1/7/32) + 5c/0-20g colonial.

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Date: 1932, Aug 9
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Indo-China to France, SAIGON TO SAONE ET LOIRE, on the weekly Air Orient flight leaving Saigon 5/8 arriving Marseilles bs 16/8 and delivered 17/8. Carried by landplane to Damascus, bus/car to Beirut, and flying boat to Marseille. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Attractive blue/grey ' Via Saigon/Marseille' imprint etiquette cover, black framed 'Saigon - Marseille' directional hs applied by the Le Bureau de Saigon, and a round red 'Controle/Avion' handstamp (used by the Bureau de Saigon between 1931-34) to testify correct franking for airmail letters. Correctly RATED 36c for 30c/5g air fee (introduced 1/7/32) + 5c/0-20g colonial.
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Lot Number: 127

(Flying boat flights) France to Syria, COLMAR TO BEIRUT, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 24/6, leaving Marseille 29/6, arriving Beirut 30/5 and delivered bs 1.7. Carried by CAMS 53 FLYING BOAT  to Beirut. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, red/black etiquette, ms 'Via Marseille-Athens-Beyrouth'. Correctly franked F2.50/10g for air fee + 50c/0-20g colonial.

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Date: 1932, Jun 24
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: France to Syria, COLMAR TO BEIRUT, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight posted 24/6, leaving Marseille 29/6, arriving Beirut 30/5 and delivered bs 1.7. Carried by CAMS 53 FLYING BOAT to Beirut. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover, red/black etiquette, ms 'Via Marseille-Athens-Beyrouth'. Correctly franked F2.50/10g for air fee + 50c/0-20g colonial.
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Lot Number: 126

(Flying boat flights) TRIPLE RATED France to Indo-China to France, LYON TO SAIGON, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Marseille on 23/6 and arriving Saigon (arrival cds but date unclear). Carried by FLYING BOAT  to Beirut, car/bus to Damascus, and landplane to Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, ms 'Par Avion', and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. Franked F18.75, correctly TRIPLE RATED for 3x 6F/10g air fee + 75c/20-50g. Nice item.

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Date: 1932, Jun 22
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: TRIPLE RATED France to Indo-China to France, LYON TO SAIGON, carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight leaving Marseille on 23/6 and arriving Saigon (arrival cds but date unclear). Carried by FLYING BOAT to Beirut, car/bus to Damascus, and landplane to Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, ms 'Par Avion', and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. Franked F18.75, correctly TRIPLE RATED for 3x 6F/10g air fee + 75c/20-50g. Nice item.
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Lot Number: 125

(Flying boat flights) France to Indo-China, LYON TO SAIGON carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight originating Lyon 26/5, leaving Marseille 2/6 and arriving Saigon bs 12/6. CAMS 53 flying boats were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIB planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union.  A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, also ms 'Par Avion' and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. DOUBLE RATED F12.50 (2x 60c air fee + 50c colonial). Attractive item.

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Date: 1932, May 25
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: France to Indo-China, LYON TO SAIGON carried on the weekly Air Orient service flight originating Lyon 26/5, leaving Marseille 2/6 and arriving Saigon bs 12/6. CAMS 53 flying boats were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIB planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. A Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation printed cover with embossed logo on flap, also ms 'Par Avion' and grey blue/black airmail etiquette. DOUBLE RATED F12.50 (2x 60c air fee + 50c colonial). Attractive item.
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Lot Number: 124

(Flying boat flights) Indo-China to France, VIETNAM TO MARSEILLE via SAIGON, originating Hai- Phong/Tonkin 26/3/31 cds and carried to Saigon bs 30/3 on the partly constructed  Trans-Indochina railway, hence the option of acceleration and the 'Service Accelere' label (see below). Then flown on the fortnightly Air Orient service leaving Saigon bs 3/4 and arriving Marseilles bs 12/4. CAMS FLYING BOATS were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIb planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover having a red/black airmail etiquette with black cross control mark applied by the Bureau de Saigon (used until 30/6/31) testifying the franking was correct. Also a red/black 'Service Accelere' label used from 1929 to April 1936 to permit acceleration of letters between Saigon and Hanoi over, as yet, un built sections of the Transindochinese railway. The duration of the journey was less than 3 days and the postal surcharge was 5 cents, but this was not always applied, see Picirilli p80. A Correctly RATED 66c (60c air charge + 6c colonial). A super cover with great routing.

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Date: 1931, Jan 26
Est. price: £65.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Indo-China to France, VIETNAM TO MARSEILLE via SAIGON, originating Hai- Phong/Tonkin 26/3/31 cds and carried to Saigon bs 30/3 on the partly constructed Trans-Indochina railway, hence the option of acceleration and the 'Service Accelere' label (see below). Then flown on the fortnightly Air Orient service leaving Saigon bs 3/4 and arriving Marseilles bs 12/4. CAMS FLYING BOATS were used between Marseille and Bayreuth, Farman 303 planes between Damascus and Karachi, and Fokker F VIIb planes between Karachi and Saigon. The CAMS 53 was a transport flying boat built in France in the late 1920s, operated by Aeropostale, Air Orient and Air Union. Plain cover having a red/black airmail etiquette with black cross control mark applied by the Bureau de Saigon (used until 30/6/31) testifying the franking was correct. Also a red/black 'Service Accelere' label used from 1929 to April 1936 to permit acceleration of letters between Saigon and Hanoi over, as yet, un built sections of the Transindochinese railway. The duration of the journey was less than 3 days and the postal surcharge was 5 cents, but this was not always applied, see Picirilli p80. A Correctly RATED 66c (60c air charge + 6c colonial). A super cover with great routing.
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Lot Number: 138

(Flying boat flights) Airmail cover Germany to Brindisi 13/3 where it was transferred to Imperial Airways flight DS 178 for carriage all the to Durban by flying boat 'CLIO' to Durban, then on to Johannesburg.

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Date: 1939, Mar 14
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Airmail cover Germany to Brindisi 13/3 where it was transferred to Imperial Airways flight DS 178 for carriage all the to Durban by flying boat 'CLIO' to Durban, then on to Johannesburg.
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Lot Number: 130

(Flying boat flights) First US Navy Squadron Flight, cover commemorating  safe arrival at Pearl Harbour, Roessler small check airmail cover franked 8c canc fine strike 'FLEET AIR BASE PEARL HARBOUR/JAN 11  1934/HAWAII', large blue framed flight cachet. Also a newspaper picture showing the personnel of the six Consolidated flying boats which flew from San Francisco to Hawaii in 24hrs. Also a similar cover posted from USS Breese with cachets front and verso

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Date: 1934, Jan 11
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: First US Navy Squadron Flight, cover commemorating safe arrival at Pearl Harbour, Roessler small check airmail cover franked 8c canc fine strike 'FLEET AIR BASE PEARL HARBOUR/JAN 11 1934/HAWAII', large blue framed flight cachet. Also a newspaper picture showing the personnel of the six Consolidated flying boats which flew from San Francisco to Hawaii in 24hrs. Also a similar cover posted from USS Breese with cachets front and verso
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Lot Number: 136

(Flying boat flights) Flown all the way by 'COURTIER' from Durban to Southampton, bs Reading, on IAW Africa northbound service DN1 which carried FIRST MAIL under E.A.M.S. from N.&S.Rhodesia & Nyasaland, and also mail from the WILSON AIRWAYS first Nairobi-Kisumu Shuttle Service (see Wingent p125). Airmail etiquette cover, franked 1 1/2d, large black flying boat cachet. SIGNED signed by Capt E.S.Alcock, commander of flying boat 'Courtier'. Also a newspaper cutting showing head and shoulders picture of Capt. Alcock. A super flying boat cover with lots of history and in fine condition.

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Date: 1937, Jul 1
Est. price: £70.00
Category: Flying boat flights

Description: Flown all the way by 'COURTIER' from Durban to Southampton, bs Reading, on IAW Africa northbound service DN1 which carried FIRST MAIL under E.A.M.S. from N.&S.Rhodesia & Nyasaland, and also mail from the WILSON AIRWAYS first Nairobi-Kisumu Shuttle Service (see Wingent p125). Airmail etiquette cover, franked 1 1/2d, large black flying boat cachet. SIGNED signed by Capt E.S.Alcock, commander of flying boat 'Courtier'. Also a newspaper cutting showing head and shoulders picture of Capt. Alcock. A super flying boat cover with lots of history and in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 115

(Egypt) Imperial Airways FIRST ?ALL AIR? SERVICE FROM EGYPT TO ENGLAND, bs Rotherham 5/2. Imprint etiquette cover franked 28ml, canc Cairo 1 Feb 37 cds. Carried all the way by C-Class Flying Boat ?Castor? which was delivered to Imperial Airways in January 1937. As these planes came off the production line they were introduced first onto routes between Southampton and Alexandria to gain operational experience and familiarise crews as to their use. This experimental/operational flight was the first ?all the way by air? service between Alexandria and Southampton, and was the precursor of the first regular eastbound ?all air? service, which opened on 8th Feb, 1937.  A scarce item in fine condition.

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Date: 1937, Feb 1
Est. price: £130.00
Category: Egypt

Description: Imperial Airways FIRST ?ALL AIR? SERVICE FROM EGYPT TO ENGLAND, bs Rotherham 5/2. Imprint etiquette cover franked 28ml, canc Cairo 1 Feb 37 cds. Carried all the way by C-Class Flying Boat ?Castor? which was delivered to Imperial Airways in January 1937. As these planes came off the production line they were introduced first onto routes between Southampton and Alexandria to gain operational experience and familiarise crews as to their use. This experimental/operational flight was the first ?all the way by air? service between Alexandria and Southampton, and was the precursor of the first regular eastbound ?all air? service, which opened on 8th Feb, 1937. A scarce item in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 51

(Australia) Parachute mail dropped on Mornington Island by flying boat 'Corio', Crome cover. Franked 2d, canc Sydney 21/12, signed by pilot Capt. R.B.Tapp, and by the island's missionary J.Dougherty.  AAMC 887.

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Date: 1939, Dec 21
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Australia

Description: Parachute mail dropped on Mornington Island by flying boat 'Corio', Crome cover. Franked 2d, canc Sydney 21/12, signed by pilot Capt. R.B.Tapp, and by the island's missionary J.Dougherty. AAMC 887.
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Lot Number: 279

(India) WWII censored registered (label) airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the EMERGENCY HORSESHOE FLYING BOAT ROUTE established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Commercial corner double rate cover correctly franked 28 annas, sealed India crown over OBC censor tape tied triangular black Karachi  triangular censor mark. Fine.

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Date: 1941, Sep 25
Est. price: £30.00
Category: India

Description: WWII censored registered (label) airmail from Bombay to Johannesburg, carried to Karachi by Indian National Airways and from Karachi to Johannesburg by BOAC over the EMERGENCY HORSESHOE FLYING BOAT ROUTE established after Italy entered the War in June 1940. Commercial corner double rate cover correctly franked 28 annas, sealed India crown over OBC censor tape tied triangular black Karachi triangular censor mark. Fine.
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