Centenary of Aerial Post

Gustav Hamel’s 15-minute flight from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor Castle on 9 September 1911 was part of the celebrations of the coronation of King George V. It was the first of 16 aerial post flights carrying commemorative postage to mark the coronation. The flights took place until 26 September 1911 and are recognised as the world’s first scheduled airmail service.

2011 (September 9 2011)
Commemorative

Designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies
Size 41mm (h) x 30mm (v)
Printed by Cartor Security Print
Print Process Lithography
Phosphor All Over
Gum PVA

Stamps

Centenary of Aerial Post 1st Stamp (2011) Hamel receives first mail bag

Hamel receives first mail bag

1st
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Pilot Gustav Hamel is handed the first bag of mail for the inaugural flight at Hendon Aerodrome.


Centenary of Aerial Post 68p Stamp (2011) Hamel ready to leave Hendon

Hamel ready to leave Hendon

68p
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Sitting in the cockpit of his Blériot monoplane, Gustav Hamel is ready to take off from Hendon Aerodrome.


Centenary of Aerial Post £1.00 Stamp (2011) Greswell's Bleriot at Windsor

Greswell's Bleriot at Windsor

£1.00
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Clement Greswell was another one of the pilots who took part in the aerial post service also flying a Blériot monoplane.


Centenary of Aerial Post £1.10 Stamp (2011) Airmail delivered at Windsor

Airmail delivered at Windsor

£1.10
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A postman was dispatched to the Frogmore Mausoleum, within the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Hamel touched down. He collected the mail - and the aviator – and returned to the castle.


Presentation Pack

Presentation Pack Cover

First Day Cover

First Day Cover Insert

Miniature Sheet

Designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies
Image preview by Royal Mail
Size 146mm (h) x 74mm (v)

Prestige Stamp Book

Prestige Stamp Book Cover

Publicity

Postmark