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Limited edition R-100 90th Anniversary First Flight Commemorative Cover


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To celebrate the first flight of the R-100, the Airship Heritage Trust with support from the Rolls Royce Heritage Trust have created a 90th anniversary first flight commemorative cover.

The covers have been flow in a Cessna 172-BJXZ by pilot Martin Jones from Derby Airport, to Howden, then via York to Cardington, along the same original flight route during early December 2019, at which time in 1929 bad weather delayed the R-100's maiden flight. The covers are cancelled with the specially commissioned postal "handstamp" from the Airship Heritage Trust, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the R-100 airship's maiden flight from Howden Shed, to the Cardington Mast on 16th December 1929.

At the 90th Anniversary time and date, 07.00 on 16th December 2019, the rear covers were stamped at Howden, nr. Selby Yorkshire where the R-100 was built 1924-29, then driven via York south to Cardington, and arrived at the famous Shorts Building, Shortstown, at 13.00 on Monday December 16th, to stamp the rear covers with a timed commemorative mark for 13.30, the designated arrival time at the mast, after 5hrs 47 mins in the air. Both rear cover stamps are shown above.

With beautiful original artwork of the R-100 by Keith Goldsmith, and to celebrate the work by Barnes Wallis, with Nevil Norway as Deputy Chief Engineer, the 200 signed and numbered, plus the unsigned 340 commemorative covers will become collectors' items.
Signing for Barnes Wallis Foundation: Chris Henderson, Trustee and Treasurer, and for Nevil Shute Norway Foundation: John Anderson, President.
There is a common insert in every cover as below:

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