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Australia Postal Services 2011 Issue
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Air Force Aviation

The Australia Postal Service has issued four new stamps that have postage values of 60 Cents, $1.20 and $3.00 named "Air Force Aviation" on the 22nd of February 2011. These stamps depict 4 different Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Aircraft; and are being issued to mark the retirement of the RAAF F-111 "Pig". It is being replaced by the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Each aircraft is described below:

  • F-111 "Pig" (60 Cents Top Left) - is a twin -engine swing-wing aircraft that can take off and land at relatively low speeds. The aircraft gets its nickname from its ability to hunt at night with its nose to the ground due to its terrain-following radar. It was introduced to the RAAF in 1973.
  • F/A-18F (60 Cents Top Right) - is a new strike fighter that replaces the long-serving F-111. It has exceptional maneuverability and a limitless angle of attack.
  • Wedgetail ($1.20 Bottom Left) - is a surveillance aircraft with sophisticated mission systems and radars that increase the RAAF's air-combat capability.
  • C-17 "Globemaster III" ($3.00 Bottom Right) - is a strategic airlift and transportation vehicle.

"Air Force Aviation" stamps can be purchased as a set of 4, Sheets of 50, Stamp Pack, Mini-sheet, Booklet or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 37.5mm x 26mm with a stamp perforation of 13.86 x 14.6 using the 2cm reference. They have been printed by RA Printing using the Lithography printing process with Tullis Russell (B100 s/a) Paper.

Air Force Aviation FDC and FDC Stamp

Air Force Aviation Mini-sheet

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