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Air Displays set of 6 & Smilers Sheet - 17 July 2008

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 showing views of air displays, including old 
and modern aircraft and a parachute display team.

Set of 6 stamps:
1st The Red Arrows
48p The RAF Falcons
50p Boy watching the Red Arrows
56p Avro Vulcan and Avro 707s
72p Robert Wyndham, parachutist
81p Hendon Air Race

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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.

100 Years of Aviation Smilers Sheet

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.

100 Years of Aviation Smilers 
Sheet 17 July 2008
Click on the sheet to see a larger version.

Technical details:
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.

Norvic Exclusive First Day Cover

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
Norvic first day cover for 2008 Aviation Centenary 
Smilers Sheet.

Products issued

Air Displays presentation pack. Air Displays Royal Mail first day cover.Set of 6 mint
Set of 6 on Royal Mail fdc 
Set of 6 stamp cards 
Presentation Pack
Smilers Mint sheet -

Special Postmarks

First postmarks available for the day of issue are shown below. These may not be to scale.

special philatelic bureau first day of issue postmark for air displays stamps. special Farnborough first day of issue postmark for air displays stamps. Farnborough non-pictorial FDI postmark for air displays stamps. Postmark showing Red Arrows display team. postmark showing Avro Vulcan bomber.
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
Postmark showing British Aeroplane No 1. Postmark showing Avro Lancaster Bomber. postmark showing aerobatic display. postmark showing biplane. postmark showing Sopwith Camel.
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
postmark showing aerobatic plane. postmark showing RAFLET Stamp Club logo. postmark showing three aircraft. postmark showing Red Arrows in Concorde formation. postmark showing three Red Arrows.
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
postmark showing fighter plane. postmark showing Battle of Britain memorial flight aircraft. circular postmark with text as below.

Other postmarks showing aircraft
are on the Long Term Postmarks page, including Concorde (L11003, L10814 and W10920), 617 [Dambusters] Squadron (N10806). Also N10807 RAF Cranwell.

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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