Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps - Update

Category - Sight
Subcategory - Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps

Isle of Man 2018 100 Years of the Royal Air Force

Issue date 16 January 2018

Isle of Man Post Office has commissioned a set of eight stamps to commemorate 100 Years of the Royal Air Force. 

The RAF was formed towards the end of World War 1, on the 1st of April 1918. Twenty-one years later RAF bases started to open on the Isle of Man, beginning with RAF Jurby in September 1939. RAF Andreas was opened two years later as a fighter airfield, while the civilian aerodrome at Ronaldsway was taken over by the RAF in 1940 and became RAF Ronaldsway. RAF Air-Sea Rescue marine craft were based at Ramsey, Peel, Douglas and Castletown during the war years

The stamps not only include images of iconic RAF aircraft – from the earlier fighter aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel, to the more recent Typhoon and Lighting II – they also contain other details such as key airfields, personnel, medal ribbons, flags and the RAF Ensign. 

As an added bonus, each stamp also includes a secret message in morse code, which is only visible under UV light. Once deciphered, the message reveals the well-known poem ‘High Flight’, by John Gillespie Magee, a Canadian Air Force pilot who trained at the RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The poem was penned shortly before he died, at the age of 19, in a Spitfire training accident at RAF Cranwell.

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Glow in the Dark Stamp Under UV Stamps

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