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SOUTH AFRICA 1920 HANDLEY PAGE FLIGHT COVER, RARE



CHF2,245.00


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SA: 1920 HANDLEY PAGE FLIGHT, SA's first commercial airmail: Envelope from Cape Town (14 FEB 20) to Johannesburg franked 2s1d (2/- was for the special airmail charge). Good complete strike of two-line "CARRIED BY AEROPLANE" cachet in red. Very light (as usual) strike of double-ring "Handley-Page" cachet in violet at right. The flight intended to be from Cape Town to Johannesburg via Beaufort West, De Aar & Kimberley was abandoned at Beaufort West when the aircraft was extensively damaged in a forced landing shortly after take-off. 29 surviving examples are recorded. Accompanied by contemporary photograph of the crashed aircraft. Couple perimeter faults and one of the 6d's defective (filing punch hole etc) but artfully restored with fill-in. Otherwise VF, an aerophilatelic showpiece. Ex Capt Dawie Uys. See additional images below.
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