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Australian Postal Services 2005 Issue
Design by Lynda Warner

Aviation in the Australian Antarctic Territory

Australian Postal Service has issued four new stamps that have postage values of 50 Cents, $1 and $1.45 named "Aviation in the Australian Antarctic Territory" on the 6th of September 2005. These stamps depict some of the aircraft used in Australian Antarctic Territory. The aircraft were used for reconnaissance and Photography, support for ground and ice parties, and scientific measurements. Australia established the Australian Antarctic Division in 1948 and built its first hanger in Mawson, Antarctic in 1956. Each of the aircraft depicted on these stamps is as follows:

  • 50c Hughes 500 Helicopter - is a small helicopter with seating for a pilot and three passengers.
  • 50c De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver - primarily use for reconnaissance and field party support. They operated on floats, wheels and skis.
  • $1 Pilatus PC-6 Porter - featured a gyrosyn compass and HF radio. It was destroyed in a blizzard at Gwamm on the 22nd January 1975.
  • $1.45 Douglas DC-3/Dakota C-47 - modified for Antarctic flying, the Dakota was destroyed by a blizzard in December 1960 at Rumdoodle-south of Mawson.

"Aviation in the Australian Antarctic Territory" stamps can be purchased as a set of 4, Sheets of 50, Stamp Pack, Set of Gutters or FDC. The size of each stamp is 37.5mm x 26mm with a 13.86 x 14.6 perforation. The stamps will be printed by SEP Sprint using Tullis Russell paper.

Aviation in the Australian Antarctic Territory FDC

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