Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2017 Airplanes Aviation History Miniature Sheet MUH
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The stampsEach of the four stamps represents a “chapter” of Cocos aviation history, from 1939 through to the 1970s. The stamp illustrations are by Jamie and Leanne Tufrey.
$1 Consolidated Model 28-3This stamp design represents the first-ever flight to Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a survey for a new route to deliver airmail to England, in case war broke out in Asia and interrupted the Empire route. It was undertaken by Consolidated Model 28-3, NC777 Guba, a civil version of the Catalina flying boat.
$1 Avro LancastrianThe Avro 691 Lancastrian VH-EAS shown in the stamp design represents the 1948 survey flight by Qantas Empire Airways, made to ascertain the practicality of the “Wallaby Route” between Sydney and Johannesburg.
$1 Lockheed ElectraThe third aircraft type operated by Australia on the Wallaby Route, after the Constellation and Super Constellation, was the Lockheed L-188 Electra, which then gave way to Boeing 707s in 1967, at which time Cocos ceased to be a stop on the route. The aircraft in the stamp is VH-ECB Pacific Explorer.
$1 Boeing 727This stamp represents the “two-airline policy” of the 1970s, which saw Ansett Airlines of Australia and TAA flying charter flights between Cocos and Perth using Boeing 727s. The aircraft in the foreground on this stamp is VH-TJA James Cook, a TAA Boeing 727-76.