Sale 1287 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 May, 2023
Category — The Magnolia Collection of Record Flights
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY ELEVEN COVERS RECORDED FROM THIS BANDAR ABBAS TO KARACHI LEG OF THE POULET & BENOIST FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA.
A total of ten covers and one postcard are recorded along this leg of the flight. This includes one cover flown by favor without flight cachets. Poulet & Benoist were not entitled to the £10,000 prize offered by the Australian Parliament to the first successful flight from England to Australia due to several reasons. Despite this, they still attempted the flight and left nearly a month earlier than Ross-Smith. Despite numerous delays throughout their journey due to ill health and issues with the plane, they reached as far as Moulmein, Burma on Dec. 9, 1919 where they decided to abandon their attempt. Just the next day, Ross-Smith had arrived in Darwin, completing their journey.
Kimpton census no. 4.
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWELVE ITEMS CARRIED ON THIS LEG OF THE POULET & BENOIST FLIGHT. THIS IS THE ONLY COVER WITHOUT THE ALTERATION TO THE CACHET.
With the exception of one that has not been seen in years, the other cachets have been changed in writing to indicate the actual flight, as opposed to the Ross-Smith flight for which this handstamp was originally intended.
Kimpton census no. 10. With 2016 B.P.A. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONLY FOURTEEN ITEMS WERE FLOWN ON THIS BANDAR ABBAS TO KARACHI LEG OF THE ROSS-SMITH FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA.
Of the fourteen items flown, twelve were covers and two postcards. The cover offered here was sent by G.A. MunGavin, the British Consul, who sent five covers. Two were to his wife and mother in England and the other three to either Karachi or locally, including this cover to his sister Elsie.
Listed as No. 13 by Frommer in his census. Illustrated in Kimpton "Airmails Across the Middle East: 1918-1930" (p. 57).
VERY FINE AND ENORMOUSLY RARE. ONLY FIVE COVERS ARE RECORDED FROM THIS MATTHEWS & KAY RACE FROM BAGHDAD.
Capt. George C. Matthews and Sgt. Thomas D. Kay were the first contestants to depart on the England-Australia race on Oct. 21, 1919. The Australian Parliament on Mar. 19, 1919 announced that an award of £10,000 was to be given to the first successful flight from England to Australia. Among other requirements, it was only open to Australians flying a British aircraft. Their fascinating journey, which had numerous delays due to plane repairs, included imprisonment by the Bolsheviks when their plane was forced down near Belgrade. They eventually managed to escape after four days. They ultimately made it close to Bali where they crashed into a banana plantation. Matthews was uninjured, Kay suffered broken ribs, but more importantly, the wings on their plane were broken beyond repair.
Kimpton census no. 3 and illustrated in his book (p. 60).
VERY FINE. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FLOWN CARD WITH ONLY THREE COVERS RECORDED FROM THIS LEG OF THE PARER & MCINTOSH FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA.
J.P. Parer and John M. McIntosh, who were sponsored by Peter Dawson, entered the race to Australia. Dawson, as a Scottish whiskey distiller, sent a bottle of whisky on the flight to Australian Prime Minister as a gift. They were late to enter the race and by the time they began their journey on Jan. 8, 1920, Ross-Smith had already arrived in Darwin. Ultimately, they did arrive in Darwin after a seven month journey filled with severe delays due to plane repairs.
FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE. ONLY FIVE COVERS FROM THE RANZA FLIGHT CARRIED ON THIS CHAHBAR-KARACHI LEG ARE RECORDED.
From Jan. 8 to Feb. 1, 1920, four biplanes took off for this flight to Tokyo. Most flights were riddled with issues, mainly stemming from plane difficulties and crashes. Ranza managed to make it as far as Calcutta. Although, when he took off for Rangoon, an accident left him hospitalized for a month, ending his journey. No official despatches of mail were done, the only covers such as the example offered here, were done as a courtesy by the pilots.
Kimpton records four examples (p. 70) but this card is not recorded. With 2005 Longhi certificate.
VERY FINE. ONLY SEVEN ITEMS TOTAL ARE RECORDED ON THIS LEG OF THE ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT BY BLAKE, MACMILLAN & MALINS.
The trio departed from Croydon on May 24, 1922. Malins replaced Liet. Col. L.G. Broome in France and Blake was unable to continue due to appendicitis in Calcutta. They ultimately failed after crashing into the Bay of Bengal, prompting a rescue at sea. There are five Persian stationery items recorded, plus an additional two covers.
With 2013 B.P.A. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TEN COVERS FLOWN ON THIS COBHAM DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT FROM ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA.
Alan Cobham and Arthur Elliott left on this demonstration and survey flight to Australia to aid the promotion of British civil aviation. Near Basra, Elliott was severely wounded by a bullet shot from the ground and died in a hospital in Basra. Cobham ultimately continued his flight with RAF Sgt. Arthur Ward to Australia.
VERY FINE AND EXTRAORDINARILY RARE RECORD FLIGHT COVER. ONLY THREE COVERS FROM THIS FLIGHT ARE RECORDED.
RAF Pilots R.C. Carr and L.E.M. Gillman set off for India in an attempt to set the world long distance record. Unfortunately, they were forced down in the Persian Gulf, off the coast of Bandar Abbas, and spent the night floating on their aircraft. The 3,420 miles traveled did set the new record. It was incredibly short lived as, on the same day, the record was broken by Charles Lindbergh on his flight from New York to Paris.