100 Years of the Royal Air Force
Monday, 15 January 2018 | Gareth
Perfect for collectors, this sixteen stamp sheet is available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order. It is presented in a luxurious folder, worthy of this prestige collection.
Some of the additional details in the stamps are so tiny that you will have to magnify the stamps to see them, but one additional homage waits for; printed in security ink, noticeable only under UV light, the sonnet High Flight by John Gillespie Magee appears on the stamp, not in lettering, however in Morse code. Magee was an Anglo-American officer pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force; he passed away at the young age of nineteen while training. His famous sonnet was written quickly before his death and is an around the world favourite of astronauts and aviators. To see the poem, shine a UV light on the stamps and if your Morse is a little rusty, maybe use an online translator to read it.
These stamps include more than just the picked aircraft; on each stamp you will also find: the name of the aircraft, a medal ribbon and medal initials, the RAF Ensign, the name of an important individual related to the Royal Air Force, the name of an RAF base and the GPS collaborates of the airfield.