Centenary of Naval Aviation SI

Centenary of Naval Aviation

It is 100 years ago since the Admiralty ordered its first naval airship and embarked on a development programme for military aviation, and we are delighted to mark the Centenary with a truly special collection of stamps featuring naval aircraft from the 20th and 21st centuries - with some interesting links to the Channel Islands. In 1909 the Admiralty placed an order for the construction of an aerial scout airship, specifically for naval and military purposes. Designed along similar lines to the contemporary German Zeppelins, but larger - and on paper, more manoeuvrable - she was called Her Majesty's Airship Number One, although to many she was known simply as the Mayfly. The Mayfly provided much research and development information, which was central to the development of naval aviation and, with increasing numbers of naval officers learning to fly; the Royal Navy and Royal Marines achieved a number of firsts. These include the first take off from a ship under way at sea in 1912 and the first launching of a torpedo from aircraft-carrying ships and have operated airships, seaplanes, flying boat and many thousands of aeroplanes and helicopters. Many of the innovative ideas that made the operation of aircraft from ships at sea possible have been British. In fact, the Royal Navy is and always has been - one of the largest and most technically advanced air forces in the world; it invented many concepts and tactics subsequently adopted by air forces throughout the world.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 30.07.2009
Designer: Robin Carter
Printer: Joh Enschede
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 37.7mm x 28mm
Values: 36p, 43p, 51p, 54p, 56p, 77p