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De Havilland Mosquito F.B. VI

Air Forces

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue September 4, 1999
Year 1999
Quantity 1,250,000
Denomination
46¢
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Series Air Forces
Series Time Span 1999
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.20
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.50
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Layouts

Pane of 16 stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,250,000
Original Price: $7.36
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 56 mm x 27.5 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (ten colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Set of 4 Official First Day Covers

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: OTTAWA ON
Original Price: $8.56
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 56 mm x 27.5 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (ten colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

King George V authorized the Canadian Air Force (CAF) to be redesignated as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) effective in 1924, but the history of Canada's military in the air began even earlier. To honour the creation of the RCAF, Canada Post will issue this pane of 16 authentically detailed aircraft stamps. The stamps will also be available as part of a four-piece Official First Day Cover set.

The War in the Air

During The Great War (1914-1918), Canadians flocked to join the British air services. By war's end, one in four Royal Air Force (RAF) officers was Canadian. More than 1,600 Canadian airmen gave their lives.

Between the two world wars, the RCAF was involved with various military and civilian duties, flying supplies to the north, performing aerial surveys, and carrying out forestry and fire detection patrols.

During World War II, Canada's air force grew to be the fourth-largest allied air power. Some 247,000 Canadian men and women wore the proud RCAF blue around the world and more than 17,000 aircrew perished.

The RCAF provided a transportation squadron during the Korean War (1950-1953), then joined in the defence of North America and Western Europe and provided land-force transportation and search-and-rescue (SAR) service at home.

The air force returned to combat in the Gulf War (1990-1991) and in 1999 with NATO forces in the Balkans.

Tough Choices

Always concerned about authenticity, Canada Post selected the 16 featured aircraft after consulting a panel of eminent historians, aviation experts, and representatives from the Office of Air Force Heritage and History. The selection criteria called for a range of planes that marked significant milestones in the development of Canada's air force. Consideration was given to visual appeal, time period, aircraft finish and affiliation with specific air-force units. Aircraft previously featured on Canadian stamps were excluded from the selection process.

The Designer Speaks

"The researchers deserve a lot of the credit when it comes to this set," said Tiit Telmet of Toronto's Telmet Design Associates. "The authenticity they were able to help us achieve is outstanding."

Illustrator Garry Lay concurs. "Each of these aircraft drawings represented 30 to 40 hours of computer drawing time alone ­ largely because we went through so many revisions in our attempts to be accurate."

The exhaustive research, impeccable detail and fine artistry that have gone into the production of this special series ensure that it will be a favourite with philatelists and aircraft enthusiasts alike.
 

Burgess-Dunne Vickers-Armstrong Wellington Mk.II
Sopwith F.1 Camel Canadair (North American) F-86 Sabre 6
Sopwith 5.F.1 Dolphin De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Avro 504K Canadair CL-28 Argus Mk.2
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA De Havilland Canada CC-108 Caribou
Canadian Vickers (Northrop) Delta II Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King
Avro Anson Mk.I Canadair (Lockheed) CF-104G Starfighter
De Havilland Mosquito F.B. VI McDonnell Douglas CF-18

Creators

Designed by Tiit Telmet. Designed by Marko Barac.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1999, p. 21-23.

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