In 1908, Farnborough was the site of the United Kingdom's first powered flight by the American, Samuel Franklin Cody. He took to the air in British Army Aircraft One. 2008 is also the 60th anniversary of the Farnborough Air Show.
Set of 6 stamps:
About the stamps
1st Class - The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows are the RAF's aerobatic display team. Formed in 1965 they have performed at over 4000 displays in 53 countries. This photograph was taken at the Dartmouth Airshow in 2006. Photograph by Leigh Harris.
48p - The RAF Falcons
The RAF Falcons are based at RAF Brize Norton as part of the No. 1 Parachute Training School. All of the Falcons are selected from the RAF's Parachute Jumping Instructors. Team members receive further intensive training to ensure that together, they are able to perform the highly skilled freefall and canopy manoeuvres that culminate in the Team safely landing, in quick succession, in front of the spectators. Photograph taken at Biggin Hill in 2006. Photograph by Andy Critchfield.
50p - Red Arrows Fly-past
Demonstrating the power of the Red Arrows to enthral an audience with their aerobatic feats a young fan enjoys the spectacle at Farnborough in 2006. Photograph by Ellis Nadler.
56p - Avro Vulcan Prototypes and Avro 707s
The Avro Vulcan was a British delta wing subsonic bomber that was operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984. The Vulcan was part of the RAF's V bomber force, which fulfilled the role of nuclear deterrence against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was also used in a conventional bombing role during the Falklands conflict with Argentina. Only one example of the type remains in flying condition. The Avro 707 was an experimental aircraft built to test the delta wing later incorporated into the Vulcan. This photograph was taken at Farnborough in 1953. Photo: RAF Museum London.
72p - Robert Wyndham, the One-armed Parachutist
This photograph, taken in 1933, shows the parachutist Robert Wyndham about to leap from an aircraft. Wyndham's fame was due to him having only one arm. Photo: RAF Museum London.
81p - WB Moorhouse rounds the Beacon at Hendon Air Race
This photograph taken around 1912 shows the aviator WB Moorhouse flying in an air race at Hendon. Moorhouse went on to become the first pilot to be awarded a Victoria Cross in 1915 during the First World War. Photograph Royal Aeronautical Society.
The 100 Years of Aviation Generic Sheet, containing 20 x 1st class
Red Arrows stamps, features archive photography taken at air displays
over the past 100 years, including Samuel F Cody, the Bristol Bulldog,
the Cierva autogyro, English Electirc Lightning, Sikorsky R-4, Airbus
A380, Eurofighter Typhoon, and Supermarine Spitfire.
Columns 1-3 include double-size pictorial labels.
The stamps were designed by the Roundel agency. The 41 x 30mm stamps are printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print, Dunstable, perf 14.5 x 14, with PVA gum in sheets of 25/50. The Smilers sheet is printed in litho by Cartor. All images are are Copyright 2008 by Royal Mail.
As the Royal Mail fdc is not suitable for the Smilers stamps, we have produced an exclusive FDC for the sheet, to be sold in sets of 4. As the Smilers stamp from the sheet is not the same as that from the set, Smilers singles are also offered
Set of 4 covers each with 5 Smilers stamps - price £17.50,
Postmarked with L11022 and L11017 (2 covers of the set with each);
single stamp on cover price £3.75
of 6 mint
Set of 6 on Royal Mail fdc
Set of 6 stamp cards
Smilers Mint sheet -
First postmarks available for the day of issue are shown below. These
may not be to scale.
| Ref FD817
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD818
Farnborough, Official Postmark
| Ref FD818NP
Farnborough, Official non-pictorial postmark
| Ref L11017
| Ref L11015
Avro Vulcan, Farnborough, Hants
| Ref L11022
Air Displays - A Celebration of Flight, Farnborough, Hants - British Aeroplane No 1
| Ref L11021
100 Years of Aviation, Avro Lancaster, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
| Ref L11024
Trenchard House, Farnborough, Hants
| Ref L11020
Air Displays, Farnborough
| Ref L11023
Air Displays - A Celebration of Flight, Biggin Hill, Kent - Sopwith Camel
| Ref L11016
Air Displays, Farnborough, Hants
| Ref L11019
50th Anniv Year, RAFLET Stamp Club, Biggin Hill, Westerham, Kent
| Ref M11029
Air Shows, Red Arrows Lutterworth Public House (actually the 'Red Arrow')
| Ref M11030
Air Displays, Concord Road, Birmingham
| Ref N11032
Southport Airshow, Southport, Merseyside
Other postmarks showing aircraft
| Ref N11033
Air Displays, New Brighton, Wallassey
| Ref L11018
RAF 90th, Bletchley Park Post Office, Milton Keynes
| Ref L11025
Airfield Way, Hornchurch, Essex
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15 Definitive LOVE booklet
15 New Smilers stamps
5 Working Dogs
28 Kings and Queens I
28 Greetings retail booklet
11Celebrating Northern Ireland MS and Glorious Northern Ireland Smiler Sheet
13 Mayday - Rescue at Sea
1 Rate change Machin & Country stamps
1 Territorial Army commemorative sheet
15 Endangered Species - Insects
13 Retail booklet - summer
10 Classic Films
17 Air Displays, powered flight
24 Olympics commemorative sheet
5 Beijing Expo 2008 Smilers Sheet
22 Olympics handover Joint issue
18 British Military Uniforms (II - Royal Air Force)
29 50th Anniv. regional stamps MS
29 Glorious UK Smilers sheet
14Women of Distinction
28 Smilers for Kids
4 Christmas (Pantomime)
6 Lest We Forget
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