Qantas Australia-Hong Kong Service - 1949
This air mail cover was flown on the first regular Qantas service from Sydney to Hong Kong, via Darwin and Labuan (Borneo), aboard Douglas DC-4 Skymaster VH-EBM Pacific Trader. Total flight time was 23 hours, 45 minutes. The cover is signed by Captain J M Hampshire.
The cover was postmarked at Sydney GPO 26JE49 and also at Hong Kong on arrival. The blue/grey vignette was produced for the flight by QEA. The addressee, E A Crome, was a leading aerophilatelist whose extensive collections now reside in the National Library of Australia and the Powerhouse Museum.
Original cover 135 x 110 mm.
(Cover: Phil Vabre collection)
Click here to see an air mail cover from the return flight
| ||Left: The QEA logo was printed on the rear of this company stationery.|
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