By Category: Flying boat flights

Lot Number: 124
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: 125
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: 126
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: 127
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: 128
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: 129
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: 130
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: 131
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: 132
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: 133
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: 134
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
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: 136
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: 137
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: 138
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: 139
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: 140
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: 141
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: 142
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
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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