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60th Anniversary of Comet's Maiden Flight
It’s hard to believe that it was just 60 years ago that the world’s first commercial jet airliner made her Maiden Flight.
The de Havilland Comet was considered a landmark in British Aeronautical design and changed the course of aviation. We are delighted to mark the 60th anniversary of her debut with this classic Stamp Sheet Presentation Pack.
The aircraft that revolutionised air travel made her historic maiden flight on 27th July 1949 in a flight that lasted 31 minutes. Everyone involved must have been holding their breath, not least Test Pilots John “Cats Eyes” Cunningham and John Wilson!
A successful introduction into commercial service followed and the Comet proved extremely popular with passengers, who included Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She flew on board a special flight and became the first member of the British Royal Family to fly by jet.
30,000 passengers were carried during the Comet’s first year of service – an impressive beginning to a long and productive career.
We are delighted to be able to offer some fantastic signatures for this sheet. Test pilot on the actual Maiden Flight John Wilson has very kindly agreed to be our main signature and he’s also signing our multi-signed versions, along with 2 other Comet Captains, Peter Duffey and Terence Henderson.
Frame Yours for the Wall!
These sheets are so irresistible that we know many of you will frame them for the wall. That way, they also make stunning presents.
We don't offer our sheet framed at the moment but we do offer it mounted, ready to frame. That leaves you free to choose a frame YOU like and that suits your colour scheme.
Each sheet is lovingly mounted by hand here and sent to you carefully. The mount is cream - nice and neutral, to work with whatever colour of frame you choose.
The mount will not cause any damage to your stamp sheet, allowing you to frame it for the wall without risking your investment. The sheets simply slip into the mount without need for damaging tape.
Choosing the mounted options makes the sheet into an even more beautiful gift.
If you are a member of one of our Sheet Clubs, this sheet will be automatically reserved for you.
It pays to buy Buckingham Stamp Sheets as soon as they are issued. If you wait, the chances are they will sell out and you'll end up paying more in the future. If you love our sheets, we recommend you join the Sheet Club. There are lots of perks and no commitment whatsoever!
Comet 50th Anniversary Limited Edition covers
We have something really special that would sit very well with the 60th Anniversary sheet - but you need to order fast as we only have a very limited number available. It is 50 years since the very first Comet flight between London and New York and we have marked the occasion with this Limited Edition cover. They’re going fast so if you want to bag yourself one we recommend you order quickly!
Our New Presentation Packs
You will notice that our sheets have a new format, which we hope you will like. They are now referred to as Sheet Presentation Packs. The sheets themselves will remain the same, however they will now come in a plastic pocket with a presentation card. The presentation card gives information about the sheet and is also your guarantee that the sheets are genuinely printed by Royal Mail. These are exclusive to us - people who buy our sheets through Royal Mail won't get presentation cards! We are charging £2 extra to cover the cost of the Presentation Packs for one-off sales but club member prices will freeze at £24.95. One more reason to join one of our Sheet Clubs - so what are you waiting for, sign up today!
Total number of sheets printed: 1949
Quick Facts: Comet 60th Anniversary sheet is a Mint Sheet Issue date : 23rd March 2009
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