By Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Lot Number: 243
Date: 1937, Feb 5
Est. price: £200.00
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
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Lot Number: 244
Date: 1933, Mar 9
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Netherlands to Belgian Congo via London, ELST GELDERLUND to COSTERMANSVILLE, Amsterdam 9/3 to London, transferred to Imperial Airways AFRICAN southbound service AS107 which departed Croydon 15/3 on 'Horatius', reached Alexandria 18/3 cds on 'Sylvanus', arriving Kampala 22/3 cds on C.Delhi'. On 500km by surface via Rutshuru 26/3 transit cds to Costermansville 28/3 arrival cds., delivered 29 March (b/s). Airmail cover, 3/4 cm trim lh edge, FRANKED 27 ½ cts for 12 ½ UPU and 15c air fee. This service departed Brindisi ONE DAY LATE: 18th instead of 17th, due to the late arrival of the train from Paris which arrived Modane 95 minutes late, thus missing the connection with the train to Brindisi. Thus lost time was made up en route to Alexandria and the schedule then maintained, Wingent pers. comm. A delayed cover, uncommon origin/destination, great routing, ex Proud. One to catch the judge's eye!.
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Lot Number: 245
Date: 1933, Apr 25
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: BANKIPORE TO LONDON, 1800km by surface to Karachi then by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS flight IW204 by Helena to Athens, Satyrus to Brindisi, rail to Paris, then Heracles to London, registered (label) bank cover franked 10 1/2 annas and intact wax seal verso. Flying from Egypt Satyrus ran out of petrol an had to make a force landing on the sea at Cape Sunion. A launch wa sent out from the air force base at Phaleron and the seaplane and eight passengers towed back to base where it was refuelled and continued on its way with minimum delay. See Wingent, p94
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Lot Number: 246
Date: 1934, Aug 9
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Iraq to England delayed flight, blue/grey printed 'Air Mail/Baghdad-London' air cover, franked 23fls tied by scarce Baghdad Cantonment cds. Departed one day late from Baghdad 10/8 due to change of aircraft at Kuwait (reason unknown, see Wingent p121) on IMPERIAL AIRWAYS WESTBOUND SERVICE IW279 arriving Alex 11/8 on Satyrus, Brindisi 11/8 on Scipio, and Croydon 13/8 on Heracles. Fine large red/white/blue 'Europe, India,Africa' vignette verso, see scan.
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Lot Number: 247
Date: 1936, Aug 22
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Scipio crash at Mirabella Bay en route from India to London on flight IW470 which left Karachi on Aug 19th, stamps washed off, residual Cairo postmark, good strike black framed Type i "Damaged by Immersion/In Sea Water" cachet. Cover identified by crash cachet Ni 360822i.
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Lot Number: 248
Date: 1937, Dec 5
Est. price: £35.00
Category: Interruptions and Accidents

Description: Flying boat "Cygnus" accident at Brindisi, left Karachi en route India to England, no arrival ds, stamps washed off, black boxed cachet "Damaged By Sea Water". Identified by cachet Ni 371205b and verso sealed black/brown GB GPO 'Found open or damaged and officially secured' tape, see scan.
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