Monday, 30 October 2017

My Odd and Unusual Stamps/MS collection

Flights of Fancy

I am sharing my "Flights of Fancy" collection here.  Any comments and suggestions are very much appreciated.

Chinese and Taiwan kites


Alderney - Flights - Aurigny

Alderney - Flights - Bailiwick

 Alderney - Flights - War


The below $11.75 stamp has the hidden inscriptions, 
$11.75 Definitive Express mail rate stamp features a space shuttle ridding piggy back on a modern Boeing 747 was issued on 19th November 1998. 

Commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first carriage of airmail in the United States on the hot-air balloon Jupiter. The balloon was flown by John Wise from Lafayette to Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 17, 1859. There were 123 letters eventually mailed this way, and as of 1980, 23 are still known to exist.
Issue Date: August 17,1959


100th Anniversary of the Powered Flight - Overprint London 2010 International stamp exhibition

2014 100th Anniversary of 1st Air Mail
50th Anniversary of Australian Army Parachute Rigger (Used FDC)
12th April 2016

Air Force Aviation, issued in 22nd February 2011
Top F111 and  F/A 18F
Bottom Wedgetail and  C-17

The F-111 was a multipurpose tactical fighter bomber capable of supersonic speeds.

F/A-18F capable of providing an upgraded air combat capability for both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission.

Wedgetail has  Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar technology and provides an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform that can gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyse it and distribute it to other air and surface assets.  They can cover four million square kilometres during a single 10 hour mission.

The C-17 is a tactical and strategic airlifter, transporting troops and cargo.




Belgium - Hot air Ballooning
Issued :September, 5th, 2015
Old Aeroplanes
Issued 26th February, 1994 

Year 2000, Carnet 20 self adhesive stamps
2660A - 2660 K Yvert catalogue

British Indian Ocean Territory


Graham Bell, the inventor of Telephones formed the Aerial Experiment Association and developed several flying machines, including the Silver Dart.  Silver Dart was the first powered machine flown in Canada.


Comoro Island
In 1977 Comoro Island issued 6 stamps under
 History of communications - Airships and Railways.
  Giffard's dirigible is one among the 6 and is used on the below cover sent from Comoro to France.

Czech Republic



The below Helice Eclair stamp depicts the Wooden Lightning Helix in the foreground and in color. The plane, a Spad VII, is evoked in black pencil to enhance the mythical propeller whose 100 years are celebrated. Dassault Aviation's centennial figures and Rafale, Falcon and nEUROn aircraft, symbolizing the company's present and future, leave their silhouettes and traces in metallic blue.


1st Row:1978 Youth Hostel Aviation
2nd Row:1979 Youth Hostel Aviation
3rd Row:1980 Youth Hostel Aviation
4th Row:1990 Airmail exhibition 'Lilienthal 91'
 Historical Model planes (DDR)
5th Row(RHS 2 stamps):1972 Aviation 
 Airplanes and Helicopters(DDR)

1991 Historical Airmail 

        Germany (DDR) Airplanes and Helicopters
Issued in 2nd December 1969

The postmarks commemorates the 60th Gordon Bennett Cup, the object of the race is simply to fly the longest distance. The race started in Gladbeck, Germany in 2016.

First Day Card 1978

First Day Card 1979 

Private Souvenir card issued in 1984 to commemorate the Bi-Centenary of First Balloon flight (Mannhiem 12 February 1784).

Great Britain



Hong Kong



To commemorate the Centenary of Airmail, India Post has issued a 4 stamps and a Miniature sheet during Indipex 2011.  Air mail card, cover and cancellations are depicted in one stamp, Another stamp depicts the path of the first flight( Allahabad exhibition ground to Naini juction) which carried Air mails, the third stamp features Humber-Sommer plane over the yamuna river and the fourth stamp shows the portrait of Henri Piquet, Pilot with the front page of the New York Herald Tribune, (rival news paper of New York times at that time) announcing the commencement of first airmail in the world.
     Issue Date : 12th February 2011

India - Special Cover - Flight

India - Special Cover - Aero show

India - Air Plane - Airborne Warning and control system


Aviation in the Holy land
 Issued in 2nd April 1985 



Darius and Girenas were first Lithuanian Pilots who managed to cross Atlantic Ocean without landing.  Undortunately, they crashed in Poland when only 650Km were left from their destination.  This happened in 1933.  Lithuania Post issued stamps in memory of them in 1934.  More information can be learnt at


Leon International Balloon Festival, 2015
Issue Date:10th September 2015

15th Anniversary of Air Nauru
Issued in February 26th 1985

Kite-flying, one of Philippines favorite hobbies.  Popular “Saranggola” kites which are usually made of bamboo sticks and plastic bags.  This "Kites of Philippines "series has 10 stamps, with the kites "in upward position flying across white clouds and blue skies with the word 'Pilipinas' in the background".  Only 120,000 copies printed in 23rd June, 2015.


Development of Air Traffic in Poland
15th April 1978
 The Gordon Bennett sport ballooning championship 
25th March 1981

1984 Polish Air Flight History

Republic of Congo
100th Anniversary of M L Mil

100th Anniversary of O K Antonov

Russia - Flights - Tupolev


Sierra Leone

South Africa
Sri Lanka
Aviation Centenary
Swiss Air Force Centenary 2014

Issued in October 9th, 2004 for International Letter writing week.  Hope I will get the remaining 1 to complete this series.

Thailand post issued 4 set of stamps on May 1st to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Thai airways.  I got the below embossed DC 10 Aircraft stamp, Hope will get the rest soon. 




Meter Cancellations related to Evolution of Flight

Yet to organize

China - Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition


Russia - Space - 50th Anniversary of First manned space flight 

Russia - Space - Satellite

Australia - Space - Moon Landing

Austria - Space

Salvador - Space - Apollo 11

Russia - Space - 50th Ann. of 1st Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov

Bhutan - Space - 25th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Maldova - Space - 50 Years of first Manned flight into space

Belgium - Space - Apollo 11

USA - Space

Bhutan - Space - 3D

Germany - Space - ISS

Sweden Maxim card sent from USA

Sri Lanka - Space - Solar System

HK - Space - Saturn


India - France Joint Issue - Space - Satellite

 Special cover - India - Space - Outer Space

France - Space - Saturn and Planet out of the solar system

Namibia - Space - Earth

Canada - Space - Nebula

Poland - Space

Poland - Space - Cosmic history of Earth includes Sky lab

Mongolia - Space - Chinese outer space

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