Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
Royal Air Force Centenary stamp issue - 20 March 2018
This is the 100th anniversary of the Royal
Air Force and this stamp issue pays tribute not only to the significant
part it has played in British military history but also to its ongoing
role of protecting the country and its interests, providing humanitarian
assistance and saving lives
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare
organisation and is the oldest independent air force, i.e. independent of
army and navy forces, in the world. The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the air
arm of the British Army formed in 1912 until it merged with the Royal Naval
Air Service on 1st April 1918 to form the Royal Air Force.
This stamp issue commemorates the 100th anniversary of the RAF and pays
tribute not only to the significant part it has played in British military
history but also to its ongoing role of protecting the country and its
interests, providing humanitarian assistance and saving lives. It also
highlights the bravery and heroism of its personnel and the innovation and
technological advancement that has helped make the RAF the envy of the
1st Class: Lightning F6
The Lightning represents the fastest British-made fighter of all time, being
the first supersonic craft to enter RAF service (in 1959). It featured two
Rolls Royce engines in a unique ‘stacked’ configuration and its power
allowed for take-off and a rate of climb faster than any other jet. Later
variants (the F.6) were capable of twice the speed of sound and it was the
RAF’s principle interceptor for 20 years.
1st Class: Hurricane Mk I
The Hurricane is credited with winning the Battle of Britain, accounting for
55% of German losses, as well as essential service during the Dunkirk
evacuation and was the RAF’s principal single seat night fighter facing
German bombing raids in 1941 and 1942. Hurricanes also saw action in the
defence of Malta, North Africa and the Far East.
£1.40: L Vulcan B2
The Vulcan is the iconic delta wing bomber and a major UK engineering
triumph. Designed as a high altitude bomber it entered service in 1956 and
was withdrawn in 1984. It was part of the V-force which were designed to
carry Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The more powerful B2 entered service in
1960. When the nuclear deterrent passed to the Royal Navy submarines in
1969, the role of the Vulcan became one of a tactical bomber. It was called
into action in the Falklands Conflict of 1982.
£1.40: Typhoon FGR4
The state of the art fighter – one-third British and the current principal
craft defending UK skies and increasingly deployed in overseas activity. It
is a multi-role fighter, first deployed to the RAF in 2003 and first saw
active service in Libya in 2011. It can fly at up to 55,000 feet and at Mach
1.8. At full strength the RAF will operate 160 craft. Markings of No 3
Squadron recommended (as historic squadron and first to fly aeroplanes).
£1.57: Nimrod MR 2
The Nimrod was introduced in 1969 for maritime patrol, surveillance and
anti-submarine roles. Sophisticated radar and electronic surveillance
equipment was in the extended nose and tail. The upgraded MR2 entered
service in 1979 and was deployed in the Falklands Conflict and in the Gulf
War. It’s enhanced capabilities also permitted search and rescue operations.
It was retired from service in 2010.
£1.57: Camel F1
The Sopwith Camel F1 is the best known and most successful Allied WW1
fighter and scout aircraft though it was difficult to fly and required huge
skill. Credited with shooting down almost 1,300 enemy aircraft it was also
successful as a ground attack craft. Squadrons of Camels were also important
for home defence, protecting cities from Zeppelin raids.
Minisheet 2 x 1st Class & 2 x £1.40
In addition to the six stamps, Royal Mail is also issuing a Miniature Sheet
celebrating the RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic Team which has been displaying
since 1965. One of the premier aerobatic teams in the world, comprising 120
personnel including pilots, engineers and support staff, the Red Arrows are
based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. They fly the Hawk T1 at speeds in
excess of 600mph and the nine display pilots, including the team leader
undergo extensive training and practise.
The 41 x 30 mm square stamps are designed by Royal Mail using illustrations
by Michael Turner. The miniature sheet is designed by Turner
Duckworth, with 41 x 30 mm stamps, the sheet being 192 x 74 mm overall.
Stamps and sheet are printed in lithography on ordinary gummed paper by
International Security Printers; the separate stamps are se-tenant in sheets
of 60 stamps.
Red Arrows stamps: Flypast photo by Cpl Andy Benson © MoD/UK Crown copyright
2007; Swan photo by Sgt Ross Tilly © MoD/UK Crown copyright 2016; Synchro
photo by Cpl Steve Buckley © MoD/UK Crown copyright 2015; Python photo © EJ
van Koningsveld 2007; sky background on stamps © itsskin/Getty Images;
miniature sheet background design by Turner Duckworth referencing a photo of
a Red Arrows Hawk © Mike Rivett/Fotomotion; All RAF and Red Arrows logos are
trademarks of the UK Secretary of State for Defence and used under licence;
all MoD/UK Crown copyright images reproduced with the permission of the
Controller, HMSO, Londo,n no reproduction
agreement from Royal Mail. This website © Norvic
Product range - we will be stocking the stamps from the booklet and some
stamps from the PSB.
Set of 6 stamps - Miniature Sheet - Presentation Pack
containing all 6 stamps & Miniature Sheet - Set of 11 Stamp
Cards - Two retail booklets.
First Day Covers x3 (including definitive pane from PSB) - Prestige Stamp
The set of stamps and the miniature sheet are also being sold as framed
products at £29.99 each, aimed at RAF/aircraft enthusiasts.
Special postmarks available for the day of issue are/will
be shown in Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins (download
This page created 1 March 2018