High flying stamps lift- off
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.