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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Stamp Collection

Collection Issue Date: 15th January 2018

In celebration of one hundred years of history and service of the RAF.

The Isle of Man Post Office is honoured to present a set of eight stamps that celebrate one hundred years of history and service of the Royal Air Force, presented through images of iconic aircraft that we all know and love. The eight stamps include aircraft from the entire history of the Royal Air Force, but limited as we are by the number of stamps, we have had to choose just a few aircraft, symbolic of their times, from the very large number that have served.

Issue Information

On the 1st of April 2018, the RAF celebrates the 100th anniversary of its foundation in 1918, through the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS); it is the oldest independent air force in the world.
Pilots had been flying in combat before this date and we started our research with an English RFC pilot, Geoffrey Glazier, whose grandson created this stamp issue. Born in 1899, he was a student at Aldenham School in Hertfordshire, England; he left school one day with a group of friends and signed up with the Royal Flying Corps. After a short period of training, he travelled to France, arriving on the 26th March 1918.

On the 15th April 1918 he was shot down whilst flying a Sopwith Camel low over German trenches and invalided back to England. His short war lasted only three weeks, however one week into it, on the 1st April 1918, the RAF was formed; as an RFC pilot on active service, he became one of the first RAF Officer Pilots.

Geoffrey was one of the lucky ones, he lived through the war, along with many fellow English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish officers and many from the Isle of Man such as Sylvester Quine, Theo Watterson, Fred Corlett, George Kewley and Turner Chrystal. The RAF is made up of people who have dedicated their lives to serving our nation. Many of Geoff's friends in the First World War and many more pilots, navigators, drivers, engineers and other RAF personnel, both military and civilian, have paid the ultimate price in the 100 years of the RAF. Many more continue to serve, in roles so varied that it would be impossible to list them all; this issue is dedicated to them all, with gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

Technical Information

Text Air Vice-Marshal The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE,
Benedict Glazier and  Ivor Ramsden.
Design Glazier Design
Printer Enschedé
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4 plus security ink
Paper 102 gms PVA gummed
Perforations 13 per 2cms
Stamp size 40 x 40.5 mm
No of Stamps 8
Format 20 stamps per sheet (10 x 2 designs)
Date of Issue 15.01.2018

Collection Products

100 Years of the Royal Air Force - Special Flypast Folder
100 Years of the Royal Air Force - Special Flypast Folder

Product Code: WB44
Product Issue Date: 25th July 2018

To commemorate the RAF 100 flypast we are proud to issue this limited edition of only 500 special folder in support of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Set and Sheet Set
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: WB81
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of eight stamps that celebrates one hundred years of history and service of the Royal Air Force, presented through images of iconic aircraft that we all know and love.

Our stamps feature more than just the chosen aircraft; on each stamp you will also find: the name of the aircraft, a medal ribbon and medal initials, the RAF Ensign, the name of an important person associated with the Royal Air Force, the name of an RAF base and the GPS coordinates of the airfield. These additional features are included to add texture and depth to the stamps and to reflect the wealth of information that 100 years of history of the world’s greatest air force has to offer; we hope they will be of interest to serving and former personnel alike.

Some of the additional details in our stamps are so tiny that you will need to magnify the stamps to see them, but one further tribute awaits; printed in security ink, visible only under UV light, the sonnet High Flight by John Gillespie Magee appears on the stamp, not in lettering, but in Morse code. Magee was an Anglo-American officer pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force; he died at the young age of nineteen while training. His famous sonnet was written shortly before his death and is a worldwide favourite of aviators and astronauts. To see the poem, shine a UV light on the stamps and if your Morse is a little rusty, perhaps use an online translator to read it.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force First Day Cover
100 Years of the Royal Air Force First Day Cover

Product Code: WB91
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

This luxurious first day cover is a wonderful collectable and would be a perfect gift for any veteran or military enthusiast.

It features the eight dynamic stamps from the 100 years of the Royal Air Force issue with a specialised postmark for the first day of issue. This First day cover is presented alongside a filler card featuring additional text written by Air Vice Marshal David Murray, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, providing a wealth of knowledge into the history of the worlds oldest air force.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Presentation Pack
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Presentation Pack

Product Code: WB41
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

The eight intricately detailed stamps celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force are elegantly presented in this prestigious presentation pack. It features a mint condition set of the eight stamps from this wonderful collection.


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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Stamp Cards
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Stamp Cards

Product Code: WB39
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

These unique A6 stamp cards are perfectly sized to fit into a collectors’ album or be framed as an eye-catching set. Each of the stamp cards features an enlarged version of one of our special issue of eight stamps celebrating 100 Years of the Royal Air Force.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Commemorative Sheetlet
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Commemorative Sheetlet

Product Code: WB65
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

Perfect for collectors, this exclusive sixteen stamp sheet is available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order. It is presented in a luxurious folder, worthy of this prestige collection.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Self Adhesive Pane
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Self Adhesive Pane

Product Code: WB37
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

This self-adhesive pane features a full set of the 100 years of the Royal Air Force intricately detailed stamps.



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100 Years of The Royal Air Force Uncut Printers Sheet
100 Years of The Royal Air Force Uncut Printers Sheet

Product Code: WB43
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

For the true collector of stamps we are thrilled to present this very special, Limited edition uncut self adhesive printer's sheet. This pane is individually numbered as a limited edition of 100 and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.

The sheet is exactly what rolls off the printer's press and foiling machines, with the colour bars and grip left in place. Unsurprisingly, these sheets are rarely released to the public.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Framed Stamp Set Mint
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Framed Stamp Set Mint

Product Code: WB50
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

This premium collectable features the eight mint stamp collection from the 100 Years of the Royal Air Force issue, beautifully mounted and framed in a black wood frame, ready for you to hang on your wall.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Prestige Booklet
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Prestige Booklet

Product Code: WB72
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

This RAF100 prestige full colour 24 page booklet contains two sets of self adhesive 100 Years of the Royal Air Force stamps. It also features additional issue text providing more history about iconic aircraft from the entire history of the oldest air force in the world.

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