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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 09:28:41 am 
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Just in case your present's don't arrive on time,it's because Santa and his sledge had a slight run in with a 104 :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Something to view over the Christmas period.......gave me goosebumps :lol: :lol: :lol:

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:lol: :lol: :lol: Just about pissed myself seeing that!! Man, good thing Santa didnt get the Starfighters nose cone up the old "Elfhole". :shock:

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Some heavy metal,© Iain Marshall and the EGPK website for Prestwick Airport.

Night shot (18/12/11) of Cargolux B-747 (LX-VCB)

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Boeing 747 on 1999 (33c) issue from the United States.

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I see that we've just passed 30,000 viewings........time for a barrel roll. :D

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Spitfire Low Pass

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The C-27J Spartan

The C-27J was selected by the Department of Defense in 2007 to fulfill Army and Air Force requirements for a medium-lift, intra-theater airlift aircraft. The primary mission of the C-27J is to deliver time sensitive/mission critical supplies the “last tactical mile” and the aircraft is perfectly suited to delivering cargo and supplies to forward tactical units in remote, austere locations and land or take off from short unimproved runways that are not accessible by other means.

The C-27J Spartan embodies the C-27J team's uncompromising commitment to deliver a proven interoperable and survivable airlifter to the U.S. Air Force. The C-27J offers superior and cost-effective performances in any operational condition, extreme mission flexibility, and is uniquely interoperable and interchangeable with heavier military airlifters.

The Air Force plans to purchase 38 C-27J’s. The plane is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

C-27J Capabilities

Born a rugged military airlift platform, the C-27J has a maximum payload of over 25,000 lbs. that can be configured for any mission: troops, medevac, airdrop or cargo. It operates autonomously in remote and austere environments from airstrips less than 2,000 feet.

C-27J: The National Guard

The C-27J will be flown by the Air National Guard; bed down of the C-27J has begun at Mansfield, Ohio and Martin State, Maryland. It will continue with Meridian, Mississippi, Battle Creek, Michigan, Fargo, North Dakota, Bradley, Connecticut, and Great Falls, Montana in sequence. Plans call for two additional bed down bases to be identified and all bases will receive 4 operational C-27Js. Training is currently conducted at Warner Robins, GA; the permanent training location will be at Key Field, in Meridian, Mississippi.

The C-27J Around the World

In production since 2001, the C-27J Spartan has been delivered to Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, the United States, Lithuania, Romania and Morocco and has been selected by Slovakia and Mexico, bringing the number of national air forces who have selected the aircraft to nine. The C-27J is the best-selling twin turboprop military tactical airlifter in its category. The C-27J has flown in Iraq and Afghanistan in the most complex and challenging environments, including operations from unpaved runways with excellent results in terms of technical reliability and operational performances.


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My uncle was a painter in the dockyard and was lettering doors on the sea trials of HMS Eagle. Before he passed on he gave me a few black and white photographs. At some point I will rescan them with modern tech but for now enjoy.

A Wessex on approach.
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Unusual Aviation Pictures

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N411WA (cn 1023) The only Trislander flying in the U.S. About to make its daily flight routing Port Angeles - Bremerton - Boeing Field.

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New Zealand

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Perhaps the most distinctive variation on the successful Islander theme was the BN-2A Mk III Trislander. Flown for the first time on 11 September 1970, this had a lengthened fuselage with capacity for up to 17 passengers and also featured a third engine mounted in a much modified tail unit assembly. Production was launched not long after and 12 were subsequently built in the USA by the International Aviation Corp as the Tri-Commutair Other versions were the increased MTOW BN-2A Mk III-1, long nosed Mk III-2 and auto-feather-equipped Mk III-3. The last of 73 UK-built aircraft was delivered in September 1984.
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Joey inbound to Guernsey.
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G-JOEY Aurigny Trislander take off Guernsey EGJB 17.4.2007
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N411WA (cn 1023) The only Trislander flying in the U.S. About to make its daily flight routing Port Angeles - Bremerton - Boeing Field.

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New Zealand

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Perhaps the most distinctive variation on the successful Islander theme was the BN-2A Mk III Trislander. Flown for the first time on 11 September 1970, this had a lengthened fuselage with capacity for up to 17 passengers and also featured a third engine mounted in a much modified tail unit assembly. Production was launched not long after and 12 were subsequently built in the USA by the International Aviation Corp as the Tri-Commutair Other versions were the increased MTOW BN-2A Mk III-1, long nosed Mk III-2 and auto-feather-equipped Mk III-3. The last of 73 UK-built aircraft was delivered in September 1984.
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Joey inbound to Guernsey.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Kr3DO3CFQ

G-JOEY Aurigny Trislander take off Guernsey EGJB 17.4.2007
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Trislander (G-JOEY) on Alderney issue (40p)

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Good day to you all.

My uncle was a painter in the dockyard and was lettering doors on the sea trials of HMS Eagle. Before he passed on he gave me a few black and white photographs. At some point I will rescan them with modern tech but for now enjoy.

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Dutch Aviodrome closes its doors for the last time? Sad end to the year for this fine museum collection,brief details below..........

http://www.conniesurvivors.com/1-connie_news.htm

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Is sky writing, a dying art?

SABER sky writes over downtown Los Angeles to protest mural moratorium
September 22, 2011 (at) 12:55 am

This past Monday, renown graffiti artist SABER hired 5 planes to sky write over downtown LA near City Hall to protest the mural moratorium, a city-wide ban on public art and murals regardless if it’s on private or public property.

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Man, whats up with the governments of the world closing down air museums? Our government is closing ours in Toronto as well. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Man, whats up with the governments of the world closing down air museums? Our government is closing ours in Toronto as well. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:


Sign of the times Al,guess the glory days for some museums is well and truly over.We can only hope that the airframes find a new home with owners who are sympathetic to the restoration/preservation cause. :cry:

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yup. quick, someone lend me a couple of mil so I can open a museaum right here in my back yard. Man, would love to be able to do that!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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What every flyer needs to know.

Reduce your odds of dying in a plane crash.

Link: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/v ... ane-crash/

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Chinook helicopter on a recovery mission.

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AN-225 “MRIA” (from Ukrainian – “a dream”) is today the biggest and the heaviest aircraft with the highest cargo capacity in the World. This unique cargo plane was constructed in the 80′s by the Antonov’s Development Laboratory. Its length is 84 m, height – 18 m, total cargo capacity – 250 tons.

Currently there is only one operative AN-225, and it belongs to a Ukrainian air company.

Check the photos.

Link: http://englishrussia.com/2011/03/17/an- ... the-world/

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AN-225 on Marshall Islands issue.....2nd stamp on 2nd bottom row.

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A closer look. Different value same image layout.

AN-225 "MRIA" "A Dream" on Marshall Islands stamp

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When I come back I want to be an An - 225.

Design your own stamp.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a forgery and should not be conceived as such.

This is "art" created by Portbelly for a bit of fun. You can do the same.

Explore your computer and use it to its full potential.

So many people have all the resources in front of them but don't take the step towards a wonderful adventure.

What a waste.

Just click the "help" button and it will guide you through any task, that's what I did.

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This one was issued by Czech Republic on 1 June 2011 - 100 Years since the First Public flight by Jan Kaspars

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Love that smile on the front of the AN-225. All it needs is a moustache?? :shock: :shock:

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Love that smile on the front of the AN-225. All it needs is a moustache?? :shock: :shock:


Didn't notice that. I like it well done.

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The Beaufort Bomber


The Beaufort was developed from the Bristol Blenheim - originally built in 1934 as an executive aircraft for the proprietor of the Daily Mail, Lord Rothermere, who wanted a fast plane capable of carrying six passengers. Equipped with two Bristol Mercury engines, the Bristol Type 142, as it was then called, was 30 mph (48km/h) faster than the RAF's latest biplane fighter, the Gloster Gauntlet.

In 1937 a heavier version was developed, using much of the components of the Blenheim, including the wings, tail and most of the fuselage structure. Named Beaufort, it was originally designed as a torpedo bomber, but was quickly adapted to other roles.

In March 1939, the Australian Government announced that the Bristol Beaufort bomber was to be built in Australia. For a nation which at the time had no aircraft production capabilities, this was a huge challenge for the local industry. However, the Australian government, alarmed by developments in Europe and the Pacific, was looking ahead to a time when the nation might not be able to rely on Britain as its sole supplier of military equipment.

With the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939, Australia embarked on a major industrialisation program. With Australia’s first mass produced aircraft, the Wirraway trainer, already being built at Port Melbourne by the Commonwealth Aircraft Coproration, the Department of Aircraft Production established the Beaufort Division on nearby land. The manufacture of a modern twin-engined aircraft required the establishment of factories and the training of personel in new skills - remember this was at a time when Australia did not even have a local automotive industry - and it is a credit to those involved that these facilities were created in less than twelve months.

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The statement below the Beaufort "all of the 700 bombers that served in the war were Australian-made" needs changing...............although wiki is not the be all of historic detail,in this instance it's a bit nearer the facts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufort

Beaufort on 1993 (50c) St Kitts issue................

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One of histories great aircraft (and underated as well) even if it was made in Australia.... :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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The statement below the Beaufort "all of the 700 bombers that served in the war were Australian-made" needs changing...............although wiki is not the be all of historic detail,in this instance it's a bit nearer the facts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufort

Beaufort on 1993 (50c) St Kitts issue................

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Nice stamp.

Australian-built Beauforts
BeaufortProductionInAustralia1941.ogv
1941 propaganda film about Beaufort production in Australia
Beauforts being built at the DAP plant in Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne. The ASV radar aerial array on the rear fuselage and a small blue/white Pacific Theatre roundel indicates this is a late Beaufort Mk VIII.

As the design for the Beaufort began to mature, the Australian Government invited a British Air Mission to discuss the defence needs of Australia and Singapore. It was also a step towards expanding Australia's domestic aircraft industry. The Beaufort was chosen as the best General Reconnaissance (G.R.) aircraft available and on 1 July 1939 orders were placed for 180 airframes and spares, with the specially formed Beaufort Division of the Commonwealth's Department of Aircraft Production (DAP). The Australian made variants are often known as the DAP Beaufort.[19]

The Australian Beauforts were to be built at the established DAP plant in Fisherman's Bend, Melbourne, Victoria and a new factory at Mascot, New South Wales; to speed up the process drawings, jigs and tools and complete parts for six airframes were supplied by Bristol. The bulk of Australian-built Beauforts used locally available materials.

One of the decisive factors in choosing the Beaufort was the ability to produce it in sections. Because of this railway workshops were key subcontractors:

Chullora NSW: Front fuselage, undercarriage, stern frames, nacelles.
Newport Workshops Victoria: Rear fuselage, empennage.
Islington Workshops, South Australia: Mainplanes, centre-section.[20]

Taurus engines, aircraft components and the associated equipment were shipped out to be joined, in October 1939, by the eighth production Beaufort L4448. With the outbreak of war the possibility that supplies of the Taurus engines could be disrupted or halted was considered even before the British government placed an embargo on exporting war materials with the Blitzkrieg on France, the Netherlands and Belgium in May 1940. It was proposed that a change of powerplant could be made to the Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp, which was already in use on RAAF Lockheed Hudsons. Orders for the engine were placed and a factory was set up at Lidcombe, New South Wales and run by General Motors-Holden Ltd. The locally built engines were coded S3C4-G, while those imported from America were coded S1C3-4. Three-bladed Curtiss-Electric propellers were fitted to Beaufort Mks V, VI, VIII and IX while Beaufort Mks VA and VIII used Hamilton Standard propellers. In early 1941, L4448 was converted as a trials aircraft and the combination was considered a success.

The first Australian-assembled Beaufort A9-1 flew on 5 May 1941 with the first Australian-built aircraft A9-7 coming off the production line in August. In total 700 Australian Beauforts were manufactured in six series (see variants).

A distinguishing feature of Australian Beauforts was a larger tailfin, which was used from the Mk VI on. Armament varied from British aircraft: British or American torpedoes were able to be carried and the final 140 Mk VIII were fitted with a locally manufactured Mk VE turret with .50 cal machine guns. A distinctive diamond-shaped DF aerial was fitted on the cabin roof, replacing the loop antenna. Other Australian improvements included fully enclosed landing gear and Browning 12.7mm machine guns in the wings. Some were also fitted with ASV radar aerial arrays on either side of the rear fuselage.

The Mk.XI was a transport conversion, stripped of armament, operational equipment and armour and rebuilt with a redesigned centre fuselage. Maximum speed was 300 mph (480 km/h) and a payload of 4,600 lb (2,100 kg) could be carried. Production of the Australian Beaufort ended in August 1944 when production switched to the Beaufighter.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Be ... _Beauforts

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Was looking at some 35mm prints of the museum at McChord AFB which i visited with some friends in 1998.We were kindly shown around the Globemaster by the guys that maintain her,they're a great bunch doing a fantastic job.Looking at the photo led me to hunt for a video clip of her last flight.........lo and behold.

Main museum website........

http://www.mcchordairmuseum.org/REV%20B ... BORDER.htm

Video clip of preparation for final flight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K44L3KmoBU

Photo of the old girl at rest.........

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Aircraft plaque.......

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Patch,depicting the Globie over Washington State.One of many trinkets i picked up during the visit in 98.

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I think that portbellys photo is the Canadian CF-18 Hornet that crashed last summer (2010). Not sure, but looks like it. Nice pick though.

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Howard Hughes - The Spruce Goose

At the center of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum stands the original Spruce Goose. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II. Learn more about the history, first flight, and legacy of this mammoth plane.

Its History
The largest airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time, the Spruce Goose represents one of man’s greatest attempts to conquer the skies. It was born out of a need to move troops and material across the Atlantic Ocean, where in 1942, German submarines were sinking hundreds of Allied ships. Henry Kaiser, steel magnate and shipbuilder, conceived the idea of a massive flying transport and turned to Howard Hughes to design and build it. Hughes took on the task, made even more challenging by the government’s restrictions on materials critical to the war effort, such as steel and aluminum. Six times larger than any aircraft of its time, the Spruce Goose, also known as the Flying Boat, is made entirely of wood.

Originally designated HK-1 for the first aircraft built by Hughes-Kaiser, the giant was re-designated H-4 when Henry Kaiser withdrew from the project in 1944. Nevertheless, the press insisted on calling it the “Spruce Goose” despite the fact that the plane is made almost entirely of birch.

Read More - Link: http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/the-muse ... uce-goose/

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Howard Hughes in the cockpit

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The "Spruce Goose" photo gallery: http://www.life.com/gallery/34722/image ... e#index/14

Pratt & Whitney R4360 from the 2010 Power-UP at the Penngrove Power & Implement Museum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBMsdXGO ... re=related

Howard Hughes crashes plane and survives

http://havefunwithhistory.com/movies/hughes.html

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I think that portbellys photo is the Canadian CF-18 Hornet that crashed last summer (2010). Not sure, but looks like it. Nice pick though.



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CALGARY - The pilot in a CF-18 Hornet which crashed at the Lethbridge airport was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries after ejecting from the aircraft as it encountered troubles.

Military officials confirmed Capt. Brian Bews survived the crash of the Canadian Forces combat aircraft onto airport property about 12:22 p.m., RCMP Insp. Joe McGeough said.

The aircraft was in town for the 2010 Alberta International AirShow, which is to take place this weekend with a lineup boasting more than two dozen aircraft, including the CF-18.

Capt. Holly Brown said the crash happened during a practice session.

Witnesses said the aircraft caught fire when it crashed.

Link: http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta ... 07081.html

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Yup. Thank god for modern ejection seats or would have lost the pilot as well....

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Now that's a coincidence :!:

Just got back from a few days north of Sydney and on the way back dropped into the RAAF base at Williamtown.

Just as we stopped near the viewing area an F-18 took off. The viewing area there is so close to the end of the runway you get very close to the aircraft (hands over the ears close).

After that a few "touch and goes" (landing/take off practice) and they went off to do some dog fighting antics.

Pity I didn't have my digital camera with me (forgot the damn thing didn't I :( ).

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lol Tony. If I had a dollar for every time I didnt have my camera at a time like that, I'd be rich enough to buy my own darned F-18. Makes you think maybe you should have one grafted to a body part somewhere or something, eh? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Got into the habit years ago of always keeping a camera in the car (cheapie) just in case you stumble upon something worth shooting.
If i go out for a walk,i'll usually take a compact digi with me...just in case.

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Kodak files for chapter11,no big surprise but sad all the same.The 35mm film that we grew up with and we've all probably used at one time or another :cry:

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Connie gets airborne one last time...............

http://www.airport-data.com/forums/topic4714.html

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One of my covers showing Learjet 36 (N200Y) on its 1976 bicentennial round the world flight.

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Some blurb on the flight in the link below...........

http://www.wingnet.org/rtw/RTW006Q.HTM

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Connie gets airborne one last time...............

http://www.airport-data.com/forums/topic4714.html


Update on the 121 arriving at the Yanks Air Museum,Chino Ca.

http://www.globalaviationresource.com/r ... /index.php

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What a bird, eh? Man, could they stuff anything else onto it? :lol: :lol:

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What a bird, eh? Man, could they stuff anything else onto it? :lol: :lol:


....only the crew :lol: :lol: :lol: below is a link detailing the many and various upgrades made to the Connie as more and more electronics were shoehorned into her.

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Nice. A true workhorse. 8)

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If anyone fancies a good read with their morning coffee..........just click the expand button on the magazine cover,then the arrow button on the right of the page to flick through the articles.

http://www.globalaviationmagazine.com/2 ... uary-2012/

Some great articles.

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Came across this site (The Airmail Stamp Museum) which some might enjoy a look through.......some nice images.

http://www.livefromsiliconvalley.com/airmail/index.html

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Came across this site (The Airmail Stamp Museum) which some might enjoy a look through.......some nice images.

http://www.livefromsiliconvalley.com/airmail/index.html

I just spent an enjoyable half-hour looking at early US airmail stamps and look forward to wasting more time on the site.

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Enjoyed it myself Kevin,some lovely images. 8)

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