Bangladesh gained Independence from Pakistan in 1971 and one of the First Aerogrammes to be used by Bangladesh was a 30 Paisa Pakistan Aerogramme overprinted Bangladesh in English and Bengali. It has a Philatelic Bureau Dacca postmark of 23 Feb 1972. The stamp design of aerogramme features an aircraft.
Bhutan Post issued a 3.50 Nu Aerogramme possibly in 1989 as per cancellations studied by experts. The Aerogramme features a Bird and Flower in stamp design and an aeroplane over a mountain in cover design.
Palau’s Prince Lee Boo in England – A story on Palau Sheetlet 1990.
Prince Lee Boo (1764-1784) was the second son of the ruler of Pelew Islands now called Palau. Prince Lee Boo was one of the first people from the Pacific Islands to visit Great Britain. In 1783 Chinese trade ship Antelope working for East India Company shipwrecked on the island of Oroolong in western Palau while going to China. Its survivors including Captain Henry Wilson spent three months in Palau. When finally rescuedCaptain Wilson agreed to take Prince Lee Boo to Great Britain to acquaint him more about Europe. On his arrival in 1784, the Wilson family took him to their home where he attended Church ceremonies, dinner parties and European School. However, he died of smallpox on 27 Dec 1784, six months after his arrival. He was nicknamed “The Black Prince” and was buried in St Mary the Virgin Rotherhithe. Prince Lee Boo story appeared in a book by George Keate (1729-1797) called An account of Pelew Islands.
Palau issued a Sheetlet featuring the Visit of Prince Lee Boo to England. This MS also commemorates London 90 World Stamp Exhibition.it was issued on 03 May 1990. There are nine 25c stamps in the sheetlet. Each stamp features an event along with portraits of PrinceLee Boo and Captain Henry Wilson.
25c – HMS Victory docked at Portsmouth.
25c- St James’s Palace London
25c- Rotherhithe Docks London
25c- Capt Wilson’s residence.
25c- Lunardi’s Grand English Air Balloon.
25c- St Paul’s & The Thames
25c- Lee Boo’s Tomb, St Mary’s Churchyard Rotherhithe.
The India Air Force’sC-130J Super Hercules is an advanced Mobility Special Operations Platform with a maximum payload of 20 Tonnes. It was inducted in IAF in Jan 2011.It can operate from Advanced Landing Grounds.
On 20 Aug 2013, it created history and entered Limca Book of Records by Landing at Daulat Beg Oldie at an altitude of16614 ft above mean sea level.
A Commemorative Postage stamp was issued on 06 Oct 2016 on induction of C-130 in IAF and to mark Air Force Day 08 Oct 2016. This stamp was printed in Security Printing Press Hyderabad by wet offset process and had a print run of 401590. A FDC is listed.
APS Cover Jan 2019 – Platinum Jubilee – No 10 Squadron Indian Air Force
No 9 Squadron of IAF was formed on 20 Feb 1944 at Lahore. The Squadron crest is “Winged Dagger and this squadron is known as “DAGGERS”.It took part in World War II in Burma sector and since then it has taken part in all major conflicts and battles. It has graduated from Vampires and Maruts to MIGs It received Presidents’ Standards in 1985. It was awarded two Vir Chakras in 1971 operations.
Squadron Leader H Moolgavkar was the Commanding Officer of the sqn in 1947-48 operations against Pakistan when he was awarded Maha Vir Chakra. He rose to the rank of Air Chief Marshal H Moolgavkar, PVSM, MVC, LOM and became Chief of Air Staff Indian Air Force from 1976 to 1978
APS issued a cover on 20 Feb 2019 to mark its Platinum Jubilee of raising.