|BCSHEET44||100th Anniversary of the Double Channel Crossing||£30.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET44S||100th Anniversary of the Double Channel Crossing, Signed by Peter Twiss||£50.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 25/05/2010
Issue Name: 100th Anniversary of the Double Channel Crossing Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Louis Bleriot completed the first ever crossing in 1909, but Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame flew there and back non- stop on the 2nd of June 1910. He obviously realised he hadn’t got his passport as he didn’t land! Sadly he died not long afterwards in a plane crash.
We were asked many times last year at the Bleriot Festival to honour Rolls and we are proud to have done so. Our Autograph is Peter Twiss OBE DFC and Bar who broke the speed record flying over the South Coast in 1956.
Our New Presentation Packs
You will notice that our sheets have a new format, which we hope you will like. They are now referred to as Sheet Presentation Packs. The sheets themselves will remain the same, however they will now come in a plastic pocket with a presentation card. The presentation card gives information about the sheet and is also your guarantee that the sheets are genuinely printed by Royal Mail. These are exclusive to us - people who buy our sheets through Royal Mail won't get presentation cards!
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Total number of sheets printed: 500
Lionel Peter Twiss (born 23 July 1921) OBE DSC and bar is a British pilot, who held the World Air Speed Record. He had been rejected by the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot but when the Second World War broke out, he was accepted as a Naval Airman Second Class.
He served initially on catapult ships flying Hawker Hurricanes. During the Malta convoys in 1942 he flew with 807 Squadron, firstly on Fairey Fulmars, and then Supermarine Seafires from the carrier HMS Furious. For these operations he received the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). During Operation Torch (the Allied landings in Algeria and Morocco, he added a bar to his DSC. He then flew long range intruder operations over Germany from Ford Naval Air Station.
During the war Twiss began to get opportunities to fly new aircraft and began test flying in 1944 in the United States. By the end of the war he was a Lieutenant-Commander.
In 1946, Twiss joined Fairey Aviation as a test pilot and flew many of the company's aircraft, including the Fairey Primer, Fairey Gannet, Fairey Firefly, and the Fairey Rotodyne compound-helicopter. He worked two years on the Fairey Delta 2, a supersonic delta-winged research plane. On 10 March 1956, he flew the FD2 to a world speed record of 1820kph (1,132mph). In 1959 Fairey Aviation was sold to Westland Aircraft which is a helicopter manufacturer, which was not Twiss's area. Twiss joined Fairey Marine in 1960 and was responsible for development and sales of day-cruisers. He appeared in "From Russia with Love" driving one of the the company's speedboats. He also appeared in the film "Sink the Bismark" in which he flew a Fairey Swordfish. Today Twiss is a member of Lasham Gliding Society.