|BCSHEET57||Centenary of the First Aerial Post Mint Stamp Sheet - Unsigned||£30.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET57S||Centenary of the First Aerial Post Mint Stamp Sheet - Signed Air Marshall Macfadyen||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 09/09/2011
Issue Name: Centenary of the First Aerial Post Mint Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On Saturday September 9th, 1911, 23 sacks of mail were delivered at Hendon, marking the very first delivery of aerial post. Mark the centenary of this incredible postal event with our stunning centenary stamp sheet. Limited editions personally signed by Air Marshall Macfadyen, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle Featuring 10 beautifully crafted stamps showing scenes from September 9th, 1911 Celebrating the centenary of the first aerial post delivered at Hendon.
The First United Kingdon Coronation Aerial Post
The first UK Aerial Post was organised as part of the celebrations for the Coronation of George V. Because the legal charge was a halfpenny for inland postcards or a penny for inland letters, the first Aerial Post was limited to specially printed envelopes and cards at sixpence halfpenny for a card and a shilling and a penny for an envelope. The stationery was widely available and special pillar boxes were provided at all the stores, depots and at Hendon Aerodrome. The Grahame White Aviation Co. was contracted for the flights and the pilots engaged we Clement Gresswell, Gustav Hamel, E.F. Driver and G. Hubert. Four machines were prepared, two Forman bi-planes and two Blériot monoplanes
Hendon to Windsor
On Saturday 9th September 1911, twenty-three sacks with about 75,000 items of aerial mail were delivered to Hendon. They had to wait all day for the wind to drop, but at 4.58pm, Gustav Hamel took of in a Blériot with bag No. 1, the privileged mail, printed in violed, for the Royal Family and various dignitaries.
He arrived at Windsor at 5.11pm. He handed the bag to the Postmaster at Windsor. Some mail was delivered immediately, then the bag was resealed and rushed to the post office. The mail was sorted and despatched in time to catch the 6pm train to London.
Windsor to Hendon
On Sunday 17th September 1911, several thousand people gathered to see Greswell and Hamel take off for the first Windsor to London aerial mail. Four mail bags were brought from Windsor Post Office, but because the wind was still high, the pilots could only take one bag each. They used the two Blériot aircraft and took off at 5.15pm. Greswell, the senior pilot, arrived at Hendon at 5.35pm and Hamel at 5.55pm. All the mail carried that day was backstamped at the Cricklewood Post Office at 12.15am on September 18. The rest of the mail was flown the following day and not backstamped.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the small Aeroplane stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 1000
A small number of these mint stamp sheets have been personally signed by Air Marshall Macfadyen, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. Air Marshall Macfayden had a successful career in the Royal Air Force, which include operational service in the Falklands Islands, and serving as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, Operational Requirements from 1991 and as Director General of the Saudi Arabia Armed Forces Project from 1994. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man in October 2000.