Bailiwick aircraft on Guernsey Post & Go

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17 February 2021
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Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau recently released a new set of Post & Go stamps depicting some of the best-known aircraft, which have served the Bailiwick of Guernsey over the years.

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post said: “Our Post & Go stamps continue to be a popular addition to our philatelic programme, so we are delighted to depict another set with strong Bailiwick connections.”  

Blue Islands started out as an Alderney based carrier delivering produce to a supermarket on the island. Now a regional airline, the Blue Island ATR 72, the largest of its fleet, features on the stamp.

Aurigny commenced jet operations in July 2014 when they took delivery of the Embraer E-195 G-NSEY, which they primarily use on the Guernsey to Gatwick route. The Brazilian-built aircraft is a popular regional carrier with airlines all the over the world. 

FlyBe began life as Jersey European Airways (JEA) whose small commuter aircraft helped link Jersey and Guernsey with the UK mainland and Northern France. The stamp depicts the Flybe Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 which was designed to seat 80 passengers and has almost jet-like performance compared with older generation turboprop aircraft.

The Guernsey Airlines Shorts 330 was a common sight on the Guernsey route in the 1980s and 1990s. Known as the ‘shed’, this box-like turboprop had a very roomy cabin with large windows. 

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The De Haviland Canada Dash 8-200 was one of the last of their fleet before JEA became Flybe. The smallest of the Dash 8 series, a 37-seat regional turboprop was well suited for Guernsey’s small airport with its short runway.

The Vickers Viscount began carrying passengers in 1953 and British Midland Airways were regular visitors to Guernsey. The distinctive whistle and whine of the engines could be heard around the Channel Islands for decades. 

Issue date: 17 February 2021, www.guernseystamps.com

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