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Oceania/Australia : FIRST FLIGHT

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Horamakhet
02 Nov 2018
07:03:55am
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Hi to all,

This is another item from the collection that I recently bought.

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Horamakhet
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Rob1956
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02 Nov 2018
07:25:59am
re: FIRST FLIGHT

Hi Horamakhet

Those stamps look undamaged.

The plane "Faith in Australia" was piloted by Charles Ulm (18 October 1898 — 3 December 1934), was Kingsford Smith's copilot on many of his famous flights, including the 1928 first crossing of the Pacific in the Southern Cross. Ulm was the "business brains" in the partnership, and acquired the funding necessary for the journey. Ulm was also Kingsford Smith's partner in establishing Australian National Airways.

After the failure of Australian National Airways, Ulm bought one of the airline's Avro X aircraft for himself, and named it Faith in Australia. In this aircraft in 1933, Ulm set the speed record from England to Australia at 6 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes, and made several trans-Tasman flights.

In 1934, flying in Faith in Australia, Ulm carried the first official airmail from New Zealand to Australia, and the first official airmail delivery from Australia to Papua New Guinea.

That is a very significant historical artefact in regard to Australia's early aerial pioneering days, a very significant find.

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Your airmail envelope is dated April 10, 1934, Charles Ulm disappeared during flight on December 3, 1934 aged 36.

Rob

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"Specialised Collector of Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Stamps"
JohnnyRockets
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02 Nov 2018
10:04:35am
re: FIRST FLIGHT

Very interesting Rob!

Happy


JR

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Rob1956
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02 Nov 2018
10:28:25am
re: FIRST FLIGHT

Hi JohnnyRockets

I like to when it's possible put a little history behind Australian stamps, with the airmail envelope Horamakhet has shown there is no little history behind it, it is a crucial part of our airmail history and of course one of Australia's most famous aviators, Charles Thomas Philippe Ulm.

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Photo taken the year he disappeared.

A little bit more about the disappearance of Ulm.

"On 3 December 1934, with a crew of two, Ulm flew from Oakland for Hawaii. Stella Australis failed to arrive. Despite an extensive sea search, no trace of it was ever found. Ulm's wife and the son of his first marriage survived him; his estate was sworn for probate at £742."

Rob

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"Specialised Collector of Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Stamps"
Kapul
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17 Nov 2018
05:05:07am
re: FIRST FLIGHT

Hi Horamakhet,
Great cover you have there. You know all its history and it is listed in The Australian Air Mail Catalogue as #369 and there were 25,699 flown on that trip.

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Horamakhet
17 Nov 2018
04:05:53pm
re: FIRST FLIGHT

Hi Kapul

Thanks for that information.

I just realised that I have a copy of that book, I found it in an opp shop in Melbourne last year.

One of the most important publications ever published about Australian Airmail covers.

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Horamakhet

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