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05 August 2008
21/2008
Commemorative Issue

Aviation

Australia
The Aviation stamp issue looks at the role of aircraft in carrying airmail and passengers in Australia since the beginning of civil air transport in 1921. The release of the issue coincides with the launch by Qantas of services using its new Airbus A380 passenger jet, an aircraft included on one of the stamps.

Airbus A380  

Airbus A380

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In 2008, Qantas takes delivery of its fi rst Airbus A380, the world

Bristol Tourer  

Bristol Tourer

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In May 1921, the Federal Government advertised for tenders for its fi rst subsidised airmail and passenger contract, to operate a weekly service between Geraldton and Derby in Western Australia. The tender was won by Norman Brearley

Short S.30 Empire Flying Boat  

Short S.30 Empire Flying Boat

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International air services linking Australia with Great Britain commenced in 1934, using four-engine de Havilland DH86 biplanes to connect with the Imperial Airways service at Singapore. Increasing airmail loads, plus the desire for greater speed and reliability, saw the inception of the Empire Air Mail Scheme in the mid-1930s. The Scheme rested on the development of a fl eet of large Empire Flying Boats, of which Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) nominally operated nine. The Empire Boats were among the largest and most advanced aircraft of their day. Although their primary purpose was airmail carriage, they also offered luxurious accommodation for a small number of passengers able to admire the view from a

Lockheed Super Constellation  

Lockheed Super Constellation

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Designed to a specification from American millionaire Howard Hughes

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2008-08-05
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2008-09-02
Denominations: Three x 50c, one x $2.00
Designer: Jonathan Chong
Printer: Energi Print
Printer (self-adhesive): Tullis Russell
Paper (self-adhesive): B100
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet Layout: 50/ two panes of 25
National Postmark: Sydney Airport, NSW 2020
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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