Lot Number: 2
Description: Australia 1929-55, a fine selection of 16 first flights including 1946 first post war civilian service Sydney-Singapore 8/4 purple o/p 7d air letter signed Furze & Moxham; 1929 2/6 Adelaide-Perth; 1930 30/5 Melbourne-Sydney; 1934 Australia-PNG 26/7; 1934 registered dual frank Australia-PNG-Australia 2/8; 1934 6/12 Brisbane-London souvenir cover; 1937 30/8 ANA Brisbane-Adelaide; 1938 31/5 Youami-Perth 2/6 and return; 1940 1/5 Australia-NZ inaugural Flying Boat Service special cover.On our web site you can inspect a front and back life size image of every cover in the collection. So view in the comfort of your own home and avoid the cost and hassle of a journey to the auction house and any risk of having to bid blind.
Lot Number: 243
|Date: 1937, Feb 5|
Category: Interruptions and Accidents
Description: PILOT SIGNED 'CASTOR' Interrupted FIRST FLIGHT flight, SOUTHAMPTON TO ALEXANDRIA bs 10/2. Carried by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS AFRICA EASTBOUND SERVICE IE 521. Cover posted London 5/2/37, departed Southampton 6/2 on 'CASTOR' but returned after 10 mins with oiled up spark plug; unable to depart next day due to gales. She then encountered bad weather in the Rhone valley which required a deviation to Hourtin and again at Marseilles from where she departed 2 days late, arriving Alexandria 1 day late, see Wingent p191. plain cover franked KE VIII 1/2d, 1d, 2 1/2d, typed ''1st Regular Flying Boat/Service by Castor', and signed by the pilot commander H.W.C.ALGER. Also original unused Tuck's B&W PPC of 'Castor' taking off. SCARCE item in exhibition condition
Lot Number: 343
|Date: 1935, Mar 11|
Description: Netherlands/Royal Naval Air Force survey flight, Manila to Sourabaya (Java), bs 15/3, Hong Kong Bank (embossed on flap) cover franked 16c, large purple boxed 'Air Mail' hs and fine strike violet framed "Via Flying Boats/Netherlands/Royal Naval Air Force" cache verso.
Lot Number: 356
|Date: 1938, Dec 31|
Description: RARE PILOT SIGNED, Short S23 Empire flying boat CALYPSO made forced landing in English Channel, Cover datestamped Pretoria 19 December 1938, flown by S.A. Airways Coast Service to Durban to connect with LA. service DN 156 (departed 25/12). After making an overnight stop at St. Nazaire, she was flying to Southampton on 31/12 (one day late) when she experienced engine trouble and was forced to land in the Channel. She was towed to Cherbourg by the Swedish motor tanker Rigel, arriving at 06.00 on 1/1/39. Mails and passengers were flown to London by an Imperial AW plane, arriving the same morning, but two days late. COVER SIGNED BY PILOT Comdr. G.S .BROWN/31/12/38, Ref #381231, Nierink & Sandford. Only a few covers are known, so a pilot signed example is likely to be RARE. Newspaper cuttings and pictures also accompany this item. See scans
Lot Number: 371
|Date: 1932, Nov 8|
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings
Description: South Africa To Germany, YEOVILLE (JOHANNESBURG) TO BERLIN by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN88 which left Cape Town 9/11 on C.Baghdad, arriving Brindisi 18/11 on Scipio flying boat via Khartoum 15/11 on C.Coventry. On by surface to Berlin 20/11 arrival ds. Registered 4d PE with additional 2/-, RATED 2/4 for 4d registration plus 2/- for double air rate.