Lot Number: 74

(Australia) Rare first acceptance of mail for Cairo, Egypt from Australia for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Cairo, 22/12, also Thomas Cook Cairo 22/12 receiver, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d. Flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Cairo by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £185.00 £157.25
Category: Australia

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Cairo, Egypt from Australia for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Cairo, 22/12, also Thomas Cook Cairo 22/12 receiver, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d. Flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Cairo by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.

Lot Number: 75

(Australia) First acceptance of mail for Madagascar, Sydney to Quelimane, via Cairo 22/12 and Ambulancia/Beira-Umtali/27/12, carried on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service to Broken Hill, then by La Service de la Navigation Aerienne de Madagascar to Quelimane, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 1/6d x2 and 2d, canc 'Sydney/12 Dec/Air Mail' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This  service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa.

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Date: 1934, Dec 12
Est. price: £85.00 £72.25
Category: Australia

Description: First acceptance of mail for Madagascar, Sydney to Quelimane, via Cairo 22/12 and Ambulancia/Beira-Umtali/27/12, carried on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service to Broken Hill, then by La Service de la Navigation Aerienne de Madagascar to Quelimane, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 1/6d x2 and 2d, canc 'Sydney/12 Dec/Air Mail' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa.

Lot Number: 76

(Australia) First acceptance of mail for Sudan, Sydney to Juba, bs 24/12, via Cairo 22/12, carried on first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked  1d, 3d blue Ram and 1/6d, canc 'Sydney/12 Dec 34/Air Mail' cds. Carried from Cairo to Mbeya on IAW flight ASS 199, This  service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Scarce.

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Date: 1934, Dec 12
Est. price: £85.00 £72.25
Category: Australia

Description: First acceptance of mail for Sudan, Sydney to Juba, bs 24/12, via Cairo 22/12, carried on first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 1d, 3d blue Ram and 1/6d, canc 'Sydney/12 Dec 34/Air Mail' cds. Carried from Cairo to Mbeya on IAW flight ASS 199, This service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Scarce.

Lot Number: 93

(Belgian Congo) First acceptance of mail from the Congo for Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, via Broken Hill 8/3, and Blantyre 9/3, plain pale grey cover franked 3F airmail plus 2.5F overseas postage, canc Elisabethville cds, black boxed 'Avion' hs, violet st line  "First Official Air Mail" cachet, black "S.Rhodesia-Nyasaland" hs, black boxed 'Avion' hs. Carried from Elisabethville to Broken Hill by Aero Club de Katanga, then to Salisbury by Imperial Airways, then Salisbury-Blantyre on the return F/F of the new RANA service. A rare item in fine condition. Only 4 flown, see Godinas F, 1951, p133.

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Date: 1934, Mar 7
Est. price: £375.00 £318.75
Category: Belgian Congo

Description: First acceptance of mail from the Congo for Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, via Broken Hill 8/3, and Blantyre 9/3, plain pale grey cover franked 3F airmail plus 2.5F overseas postage, canc Elisabethville cds, black boxed 'Avion' hs, violet st line "First Official Air Mail" cachet, black "S.Rhodesia-Nyasaland" hs, black boxed 'Avion' hs. Carried from Elisabethville to Broken Hill by Aero Club de Katanga, then to Salisbury by Imperial Airways, then Salisbury-Blantyre on the return F/F of the new RANA service. A rare item in fine condition. Only 4 flown, see Godinas F, 1951, p133.

Lot Number: 215

(GB External) Imperial Airways F/F alternative route London to Bahrain Island (difficulties with the Persian govt. necessitated a route change from the southern shores of Persia to the northern shores of Arabia), franked 6d canc 30 Sep 32 cds, bs 7/10, This cover is a special printing intended for use by IAW staff and it is believed that only c14  were flown. Ordinary covers are rated 120pts by Newall.

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Date: 1932, Oct 01
Est. price: £75.00 £63.75
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways F/F alternative route London to Bahrain Island (difficulties with the Persian govt. necessitated a route change from the southern shores of Persia to the northern shores of Arabia), franked 6d canc 30 Sep 32 cds, bs 7/10, This cover is a special printing intended for use by IAW staff and it is believed that only c14 were flown. Ordinary covers are rated 120pts by Newall.

Lot Number: 225

(GB External) Imperial Airways 1st acceptance for Malta, London to Valetta bs 5/5, cover franked 2 1/2d, canc London W1, typed 'London-Malta', airmail etiquette. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1934, May 4
Est. price: £35.00 £29.75
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways 1st acceptance for Malta, London to Valetta bs 5/5, cover franked 2 1/2d, canc London W1, typed 'London-Malta', airmail etiquette. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Lot Number: 238

(GB External) Imperial Airways printed souvenir cover, 21x10cm, commemorating the 1000th flight from England on the Empire air routes, addressed to The Director of Civil Aviation, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, 6d three reign franking (acknowledging the three reigns during which the 1000 flights were made). The cover was carried by RMA "Castor". A super item.

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Date: 1937, May 21
Est. price: £75.00 £63.75
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways printed souvenir cover, 21x10cm, commemorating the 1000th flight from England on the Empire air routes, addressed to The Director of Civil Aviation, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, 6d three reign franking (acknowledging the three reigns during which the 1000 flights were made). The cover was carried by RMA "Castor". A super item.

Lot Number: 241

(GB External) Imperial Airways F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Cook Islands, bs Rarotonga 29/8, black boxed 'Empire Air mail Scheme/Stage 3/ 1 1/2d Half Ounce' cachet, rated 1 1/2d.

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Date: 1938, Jul 23
Est. price: £35.00 £29.75
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Cook Islands, bs Rarotonga 29/8, black boxed 'Empire Air mail Scheme/Stage 3/ 1 1/2d Half Ounce' cachet, rated 1 1/2d.

Lot Number: 243

(GB External) Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS England to Tonga, Nukualofa 29/8 arrival ds on front and verso, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, official black map cachet "Empire Air Mail Scheme/Stage 4/1 1/2d Half Ounce".

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Date: 1938, Jul 23
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS England to Tonga, Nukualofa 29/8 arrival ds on front and verso, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, official black map cachet "Empire Air Mail Scheme/Stage 4/1 1/2d Half Ounce".

Lot Number: 246

(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, large black framed 'Empire Air Mail Scheme' cachet, Imperial Airways.

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
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, large black framed 'Empire Air Mail Scheme' cachet, Imperial Airways.

Lot Number: 247

(GB External) Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Norfolk Island, 7/9 arrival ds front, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, large black framed 'Empire Air Mail Scheme' cachet.

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Date: 1938, Jul 27
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways, F/F Third Stage EAMS, London to Norfolk Island, 7/9 arrival ds front, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, large black framed 'Empire Air Mail Scheme' cachet.

Lot Number: 461

(Newfoundland) High value franking on scarcer Imperial Airways F/F Transatlantic Service, Botwood to England, bs 12/8,  registered (hs) cover franked 1931 air set of 3 (Cat SG £164 used), typed "North Atlantic Air Service".  Only a few exist as most were flown out by PAA Northern service to arrive in time.

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Date: 1939, Aug 10
Est. price: £125.00 £106.25
Category: Newfoundland

Description: High value franking on scarcer Imperial Airways F/F Transatlantic Service, Botwood to England, bs 12/8, registered (hs) cover franked 1931 air set of 3 (Cat SG £164 used), typed "North Atlantic Air Service". Only a few exist as most were flown out by PAA Northern service to arrive in time.

Lot Number: 462

(Newfoundland) Scarce Imperial Airways F/F Transatlantic Service, Botwood to England, ms 'Recd Southampton/11 Aug', official blue/grey IAW souvenir cover correctly franked 30c (5c plus 25c Special Delivery fee). Only 25 official IAW souvenir covers were carried on this flight - the majority were flown out by PAA Northern service to arrive in time.

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Date: 1939, Aug 10
Est. price: £50.00 £42.50
Category: Newfoundland

Description: Scarce Imperial Airways F/F Transatlantic Service, Botwood to England, ms 'Recd Southampton/11 Aug', official blue/grey IAW souvenir cover correctly franked 30c (5c plus 25c Special Delivery fee). Only 25 official IAW souvenir covers were carried on this flight - the majority were flown out by PAA Northern service to arrive in time.

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: 512

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) POLAND TO ETHIOPIA, WARSAW TO ADDIS ABABA. Departed Warsaw Airport (Warszawa 19 Port Lotincz/7.X.32) for Paris where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa India eastbound service IE185 which left Paris 8/10 arriving Galilee 11/10, then transferring to rail ds 'T.P.O Haifa-Rafa12 Oct 1932', arriving Port Said ds 13/10, then by sea to Djibouti and on by rail to Addis Ababa, 23/10  arrival date stamp. Registered (hs) cover, black framed 'Par Avion/Jusqu'a (ms) Haifa' and a Polish 'Samolotem' (plane) hand stamp, and verso the remnants of a wax seal. RATED 7.50GR (ordinary postage was 50gr for the first 20 grams & 30gr for each additional, and registration was 60gr. We do not know the air fee.  The service IE185 was also the first to carry mail to connect with Tata & Sons first Karachi-Madras feeder service, flown 15&16 October. A cover in fine condition with truly rare routing, good research documentation and great provenance, which might be almost impossible to find again.

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Date: 1932, Oct 7
Est. price: £450.00 £382.50
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: POLAND TO ETHIOPIA, WARSAW TO ADDIS ABABA. Departed Warsaw Airport (Warszawa 19 Port Lotincz/7.X.32) for Paris where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa India eastbound service IE185 which left Paris 8/10 arriving Galilee 11/10, then transferring to rail ds 'T.P.O Haifa-Rafa12 Oct 1932', arriving Port Said ds 13/10, then by sea to Djibouti and on by rail to Addis Ababa, 23/10 arrival date stamp. Registered (hs) cover, black framed 'Par Avion/Jusqu'a (ms) Haifa' and a Polish 'Samolotem' (plane) hand stamp, and verso the remnants of a wax seal. RATED 7.50GR (ordinary postage was 50gr for the first 20 grams & 30gr for each additional, and registration was 60gr. We do not know the air fee. The service IE185 was also the first to carry mail to connect with Tata & Sons first Karachi-Madras feeder service, flown 15&16 October. A cover in fine condition with truly rare routing, good research documentation and great provenance, which might be almost impossible to find again.

Lot Number: 527

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Madagascar to French Congo, ANTSIRANA to BRAZZAVILLE. Posted Antsirana 28/3 cds then carried by 90 miles by train to Tananarive bs 28/3, then 380 miles by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga bs 5/4 cds, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot 'General Netzinger' to Dar es Salaam bs 9/4, then by WILSON AIRWAYS to Nairobi where transferred to IMPERIAL AIRWAYS Africa southbound service AS 162 (Hadrian) which left Nairobi 10/4 for Broken Hill bs 12/4 via Dodoma bs 11/4. Then transferred to the AERO CLUB DU KATANGA service to Elizabethville bs 13/4, where offloaded and on by rail/river to Port Franqui, then likely SABENA internal service to Leopoldville bs 25/4, delivered Brazzaville bs 25/4. Plain cover, red/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, ms 'Par Avion' correctly RATED F4.50 for 50c domestic and 4F/5g air surtax. An aerophilatelist's dream - an early airmail carried over land, sea and river, and by air involving three (possibly four) airlines; a scarce and complex itinerary; and  detailed route
 marks. Ex the late Ted Proud collection.

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Date: 1934, Mar 28
Est. price: £250.00 £212.50
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Madagascar to French Congo, ANTSIRANA to BRAZZAVILLE. Posted Antsirana 28/3 cds then carried by 90 miles by train to Tananarive bs 28/3, then 380 miles by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga bs 5/4 cds, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot 'General Netzinger' to Dar es Salaam bs 9/4, then by WILSON AIRWAYS to Nairobi where transferred to IMPERIAL AIRWAYS Africa southbound service AS 162 (Hadrian) which left Nairobi 10/4 for Broken Hill bs 12/4 via Dodoma bs 11/4. Then transferred to the AERO CLUB DU KATANGA service to Elizabethville bs 13/4, where offloaded and on by rail/river to Port Franqui, then likely SABENA internal service to Leopoldville bs 25/4, delivered Brazzaville bs 25/4. Plain cover, red/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, ms 'Par Avion' correctly RATED F4.50 for 50c domestic and 4F/5g air surtax. An aerophilatelist's dream - an early airmail carried over land, sea and river, and by air involving three (possibly four) airlines; a scarce and complex itinerary; and detailed route marks. Ex the late Ted Proud collection.

Lot Number: 585

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

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Date: 1932, Jan 27
Est. price: £25.00 £21.25
Category: South Africa

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

Lot Number: 587

(South Africa) The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from South Africa to Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service,  Imperial Airways blue winged logo corner cover franked  4d x2 +1d South Africa stamps canc with special postmark of the PO attached to the Royal Train used by HRH Prince George during his visit to Southern Africa, also black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. The flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable F/F's are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union".  See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.

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Date: 1934, Mar 6
Est. price: £225.00 £191.25
Category: South Africa

Description: The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from South Africa to Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service, Imperial Airways blue winged logo corner cover franked 4d x2 +1d South Africa stamps canc with special postmark of the PO attached to the Royal Train used by HRH Prince George during his visit to Southern Africa, also black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. The flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable F/F's are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union". See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.

Lot Number: 651

(United States) First Pan American and Imperial Airways Round the World Flight carrying the first acceptance of mail for Bangkok and Hong Kong for carriage on F/F Pan Am Northern Trans-Atlantic NY-London service , then OAT to Bangkok by Imperial Airways Eastbound Southampton-Sydney service,  Bangkok-Hong Kong by IAW, framed 'American Consulate General /Hong Kong' receiver dated Jul 7- 1939, then HK (10/7 depart cds tying HK stamps) to Honolulu on California Clipper, then Honolulu (25/7 depart cds) to San Francisco and on to New York 28/7 arrival cds.  Attractive registered (hs) red/white/blue eagle and stars airmail cover, franked US 50c & 30c airs and HK $3.05, official red FAM18 fight cachet,. Displayed on two album pages including detailed account of route and the original Registered Mailing Receipt. A superb exhibit item in pristine condition.

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Date: 1939, Jun 24
Est. price: £325.00 £276.25
Category: United States

Description: First Pan American and Imperial Airways Round the World Flight carrying the first acceptance of mail for Bangkok and Hong Kong for carriage on F/F Pan Am Northern Trans-Atlantic NY-London service , then OAT to Bangkok by Imperial Airways Eastbound Southampton-Sydney service, Bangkok-Hong Kong by IAW, framed 'American Consulate General /Hong Kong' receiver dated Jul 7- 1939, then HK (10/7 depart cds tying HK stamps) to Honolulu on California Clipper, then Honolulu (25/7 depart cds) to San Francisco and on to New York 28/7 arrival cds. Attractive registered (hs) red/white/blue eagle and stars airmail cover, franked US 50c & 30c airs and HK $3.05, official red FAM18 fight cachet,. Displayed on two album pages including detailed account of route and the original Registered Mailing Receipt. A superb exhibit item in pristine condition.

Lot Number: 720

(Ephemera) Imperial Airways "Ensign" air liner in flight, fine original Valentines B&W PPC, unused.  Armstrong Whitworth's third airliner type, the Ensign, was the largest machine built in pre-war days for Imperial Airways Ltd. and, like the Atalanta, was a four-engine high-wing cantilever monoplane

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Date: Picture postcards
Est. price: £10.00 £8.50
Category: Ephemera

Description: Imperial Airways "Ensign" air liner in flight, fine original Valentines B&W PPC, unused. Armstrong Whitworth's third airliner type, the Ensign, was the largest machine built in pre-war days for Imperial Airways Ltd. and, like the Atalanta, was a four-engine high-wing cantilever monoplane