Royal Mail released 4 stamps,miniature sheet and many other philatelic material on 9th sep. 2011 on Ariel Post.The event may have lasted just 15 minutes, but Gustav Hamel’s flight from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor Castle on 9 September 1911 created an important piece of philatelic history – Aerial Post.Hamel’s 21-mile journey in a Blériot XI monoplane signalled the start of the world’s first-ever regularly scheduled air mail service.Although the service between Hendon and Windsor lasted less than a month, history had been made, and now Royal Mail is releasing a special miniature sheet and PSB to mark the centenary of Aerial Post.
Miniature Sheet:The four stamps in the miniature sheet tell the story of this historic flight; featuring original photography of key events from the day, from when Gustav Hamel received the first mail bag to his arrival in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The stamps are set within a border that replicates the design of an original publicity poster for the event.
First Day Cover:The First Day Cover was designed by Silk Pearce and the filler card is written by Douglas Muir and provides a summary of the events of the first UK Aerial Post in September 1911. HENDON, LONDON NW4 is the special handstamp place name, chosen as it is the postal code of the Hendon Aerodrome from where the first flight took place.
PSB Pane First Day Cover:The First Day Cover features the mixed Machin pane from the Prestige Stamp Book. The First Day Cover was designed by Silk Pearce and the filler card is written by Douglas Muir and provides a summary of the events of the first UK Aerial Post in September 1911. HENDON, LONDON NW4 is the special handstamp place name, chosen as it is the postal code of the Hendon Aerodrome from where the first flight took place
Prestige Stamp Book:Featuring four unique panes of stamps, the prestige stamp book tells the story of the origins and extensive organisation behind the first UK Aerial Post, and the events of the day – 9 September 1911 – through to the final day on 26 September. It is designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies and written by Peter Lister, President of the British Air Mail Society. The four panes are:A three-stamp Aerial Post pane, featuring a £1.10p stamp flanked by two 1st Class stamps; a second three-stamp pane with a £1 stamp flanked by two 68p stamps; a four-stamp pane of 50p Windsor Castle stamps, re-issued from the 2005 set of high-value definitives stamps, and printed intaglio.The fourth pane of mixed Machins comprises of eight stamps: four 5p, two 1st class (top left and bottom right), two 76p (bottom left and top right), with the three-quarter portrait of George V by Bertram Mackennal in the middle. The main background image is a detail from a 1911 poster advertising the Coronation Aerial Post.
Press Sheet:The press sheet consists of 21 uncut Aerial Post miniature sheets.