High fly­ing stamps lift- off

Townsville Bulletin - - Text The Editor -

COM­MEM­O­RA­TIVE: Wing Com­man­der Robert Den­ney dis­plays a replica of the Wed­getail stamp THE sky’s the limit for mil­i­tary avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts and stamp col­lec­tors, with Aus­tralia Post’s Air Force Aviat i o n c o mmem­o­ra­tive s t a mp is­sue.

Chief of Air Force Air Mar­shal Mark Bin­skin, AO, said this was a very timely part­ner­ship for Air Force, as it cel­e­brated its 90th birth­day this year un­der the banner ‘‘ tra­di­tion, in­no­va­tion, evo­lu­tion’’.

‘‘ It is a fit­ting tribute to the crews and sup­port per­son­nel of the re­cently re­tired F-111, as they re­train for our fu­ture ca­pa­bil­ity in our new plat- forms,’’ Air Mar­shal Bin­skin said.

Aus­tralia Post philatelic man­ager Michael Zsolt said the F-111 Pig was, for the gen­eral pub­lic, the most iden­ti­fi­able RAAF air­craft for many years, and so wasn’t an ob­vi­ous choice for this stamp is­sue.

‘‘ As well as in­di­cat­ing the chang­ing of the guard from F-111s to Su­per Hor­nets, this stamp is­sue rep­re­sents a range of air­craft func­tions in the RAAF,’’ Mr Zsolt said.

New Zealand-based Aus­tralian il­lust r a t o r J a mi e T u f r e y wa s c o mmis­sioned to il­lus­trate the stamp is­sue and has sk­il­fully drawn at­ten­tion to the speed, pur­pose and tech­ni­cal specifics of the air­craft.

The four Air Force Avi­a­tion stamps fea­ture the F-111 ( 60c), the F/ A-18F Su­per Hor­net ( 60c), the AEW& C Wedge t a i l ( $ 1 . 2 0 ) a n d t h e C-1 7 Globe­mas­ter III ($ 3).

The stamp is­sue is avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing Aus­tralia Post re­tail out­lets, via mail or­der on 1800 331 794 or o n l i n e a t www. a u s p o s t . c o m. a u / stamps.

The stamps will also be avail­able at the Avalon Airshow.

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