The first stamp depicts Capt. Ross Smith and his brother Lt. Keith Smith. In 1919 the Ross brothers completed the first flight from England to Australia in a Vickers Vimy.
A photo of the Ross brothers...
|Image By State Library of South Australia (Flickr: Ross and Keith Smith 1921) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
The next stamp depicts Lawrence Hargrave. Hargrave was a talented engineer, inventor, and aeronautical pioneer among other things. Alongside Hargrave on the stamp is a box kite. Hargrave designed a box kite large enough to allow him to sit in. On 12 November 1894 Hargrave climbed into the box kite, and he was lifted a whole 16 feet off the ground!
Hargrave also featured on the 20 Dollar Australian banknote from 1966 to 1994.
The third stamp - $1.35 - depicts Ivor McIntyre and Stanley Globe who in 1924 were the first men to circumnavigate Australia by air in a Fairey IIID seaplane.
The fourth stamp - $1.80 - depicts Freda Thompson. Thompson was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1934. She accomplished this feat in a De Havilland Moth Major that she named Christopher Robin.
An imperforate blackprint sheet was also released for this issue...
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