Hongkong:Special stamp issue \”Centenary of Powered Flight in Hong Kong\”

Hongkong Post has announced that a stamp sheetlet commemorating the centenary of\"\" powered flight in Hong Kong will be released together with associated philatelic products on 18th March 2011.

The aviation industry is one of the key drivers underpinning the rapid development of Hong Kong into an export, tourism and logistics hub. The era of powered flight in Hong Kong was initiated by Mr Charles Van den Born, a pioneer from Belgium, who took to the sky over Sha Tin in a Farman biplane on March 18, 1911. Hongkong Post is pleased to take part in celebrating this remarkable achievement and important milestone.

The design of the stamp sheetlet comprises a backdrop set in nostalgic colours depicting the busy flow of passenger and air traffic as well as skyscrapers along Hong Kong\’s shoreline. The core feature includes two stamps capturing a historic moment when the Farman biplane lifted off and its replica on display at the Hong Kong International Airport.

The stamp sheetlet and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office and Sha Tin Central Post Office on March 4. Official first day covers will be available for $1 each at all post offices from the same day, while advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from March 4 to 10.

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