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Schneider Trophy – 100th Anniversary of Howard Pixton’s Victory

Collection Issue Date: 20th April 2014

A celebration of British aviation and the man who gave Britain air supremacy.

A celebration of the life of Howard Pixton, a hero of British Aviation, who was the first Briton to win the famous International Schneider Trophy Seaplane Race.

Issue Information

We mark the 100th anniversary of the British pioneer aviator, Howard Pixton, winning the Schneider Trophy in Monaco, with a special edition folder that documents Pixton's life as a man and aviator.

His 1914 win, in the Sopwith Tabloid, was Britain's first international victory with a British Plane, giving Pixton the status of being the man who put Britain in the lead in aviation for the first time.

100 years on, Howard's daughter, Stella Pixton, draws on family papers to tell her father's story with a unique and personalised account looking back at his life and unforgettable victory in 1914, with fascinating classic black and white photographs of the race.

The issue includes a limited edition commemorative folder housing a special cover signed by another aviation hero, Captain Eric Brown, the Fleet Air Arm's most decorated pilot and the fully perforated and imperforate stamp sheetlets featuring 4 stamps depicting Pixton's winning plane, the Sopwith Tabloid.

Stella has gone on to write a biographical novel 'Howard Pixton -Test Pilot and Pioneer Aviator: The Biography of the first British Schneider Trophy Winner', a truly remarkable account that captures the atmosphere, thrills and danger of the pioneering days of aviation, also available online.

Technical Information

Stamp Design R. Carter
Printer BDT
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Paper 110gms PVA Gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 42.58 x 28.45mm

Collection Products

Schneider Trophy Special Folder
Schneider Trophy Special Folder

In this neatly presented A4 folder Manx-born Stella Pixton, Howard’s daughter, tells a unique, personalised story of her father. With only 500 limited editions, this special album is the ultimate collection of this issue marking the 100th anniversary of Howard Pixton winning the famous International Schneider Trophy Seaplane Race.

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