Friday, 24 February 2017

Evolution of Flight materials from US

Today I have received some awesome materials from my well wisher Danny Meng of USA, who introduced the Permanent Pictorial cancellation to me and encouraged me a lot.  Thanks a lot Danny.

The Shuttle and the shuttle carrier stamps will make my Special flights section of my theme Evolution of flights very interesting.

and the 787 first flight cover,  I am sure I can use it effectively in my exhibit as the flight has some interesting features like bending tail, fuel efficiency to tell.

I did not have any stamps from Sierra Leone earlier.  New country to my Evolution of Flight collection.

Last but not the least, thanks for the First day card.
Thanks again Danny.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Brunei Darussalam MSs

Thanks a lot Theodara for the great cover and MSs for our second swap.  I would like to visit your country soon.  Looking forward to more swaps.

Nice swap with HK friend

Had another great swap with my friend Carmen Wong.  He sent me the below swap materials inside a great cover.  Thanks a lot Wong, nice addition to my themes.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Swiss Surprise!

My friend Sarah surprised me by sending a lot of goodies. She sent me a lot of  United Nations Stamps, 2 Swiss Tea sachets,  beautiful postcards inside a wonderful cover franked with animal stamps. Thank you very much Sarah!!! It made my day 😊😊 .

Below are "Few" among the various gifts I received from her 😊:

Thanks once again Sarah!!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Winner - Best Youth Exhibit @ TANAPEX-2017

I am proud to say that I have won the Silver medal (the highest eligible in Youth class) and my exhibit was adjudged as the Best Exhibit in Youth category @ TANAPEX-2017. I had some key changes to my exhibit based on feedback from the SIPA Diamond Jubilee exhibition. These included, removing FDCs, improving the narrative, removing stamps that seemed like they were padding etc.

This time also, I got some valuable feedback from the senior members. You can find the entire list of winners here . 

I was asked to deliver a brief acceptance speech at the event. 


A view of the exhibition floor

Evolution of Flight - First Prize Winner!!!

I am happy to announce that I won the First Prize in the Junior Category  (under 18) for my thematic exhibit - "Evolution of Flight" during the recently concluded SIPA Diamond Jubilee National Level Exhibition.

Thanks to timely advice and help from my friends in various philatelic forums, I was able to refine my presentation skills.

If you are interested, I have attached a scanned copy of the exhibit here. Feel free to share any feedback in the comments.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

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


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 

British Indian Ocean Territory


Graham Bell, the inventor of Tele phones 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

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.

Great Britain

UK - Flight - Spitfire
Hong Kong



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 3 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. 


Yet to organize

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

China - Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition


India - France Joint Issue - Space - Satellite

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

Russia - Space - Satellite

India - Flights (Inverted flight :-) ) - Special Cover

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

    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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