First day cover : Lord Elworthy

27 Jun 1987
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Production Date
27 Jun 1987
Description
A first day cover commemorating Lord Elworthy, Marshal of the Royal Air Force. Cover includes a head shot of Lord Elworthy. Under the image the text reads: Chief of Air Staff 1963-1967
Chief of the Defence Staff 1967-1971. Under the text is a crest of what looks like a belt circling a castle. Out of the top of the castle is an arm holding an upraised sword. To the left side of the image is a badge and motto. The motto reads: Per ardve as astra. To the right side of the image is a Royal Air Force Station Waddington badge and motto. Across the top, to the right of the heading is a crest, a postmark and a stamp. The crest has two birds on either side of a shield with the motto Fide et sedulitate under the shield. The postmark reads 70th anniversary of the no. 101 Squadron 27 Jun 87 British Forces 2139 Postal Services. The 8 p stamp has the Queen's head and a lion on it. The lower right area is filled with information. The text reads:
Flown in Vulcan XH558, the last aircraft of this type in flying condition, from Royal Air Force Waddington to Royal Air Force St. Mawgan on 4th August, 1987. Flight time: 2 hours. On 5th August flown in the St. Mawgan International Air Display. Flight time: 15 minutes. The next day, flown from Royal Air Force St. Mawgan to Royal Air Force Waddington. Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes.
Captain: Flight Lieutenant P. M. Millikin RAF
Co-pilot: Squadron Leader C. N. McDougall DFC RAF
Nav: Plotter: Flight Lieutenant A. D. Stack RAF
Nav: Radar: Flight Lieutenant D. A. Bradford RAF
AEO: Squadron Leader K. R. Denman RAF
(Signature)
Group Captain N. Bonner FRIN MRAeS RAF
Officer Commanding / Royal Air Force / Waddington
In the lower right corner is a sticker. The text reads: Officer Commanding Royal Air Force, Waddington
On the back of the envelope are two stamps and a certified copy stamp and signature. The text of each stamp reads: Royal Air Force 6 Aug 87 Waddington and Royal Air Force 5 Aug 87 St. Mawgan.
The text of the certified copy statement is: Certified copy no. 0315 or 2587 / (signature) / Flight Lieutenant C. M. F. Webster RAF / Royal Air Force Waddington.
Physical Description
1 envelope : illustrations ; 12 x 19 cm
Media/Materials
Signature/Marks
Certified copy no. 0315 or 2587
(signature)
Flight Lieutenant C. M. F. Webster RAF
Royal Air Force Waddington Ink stamp and hand-written
Royal Air Force 6 Aug 87 Waddington Ink Stamp
Royal Air Force 5 Aug 87 St. Mawgan Ink Stamp
Accession No
11-3789
Credit Line
27 Jun 1987. First day cover : Lord Elworthy, 11-3789. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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