1st Class - The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows are the RAF's aerobatic display team. Formed in 1965 they have performed at over 4000 displays in 53 countries. This photograph was taken at the Dartmouth Airshow in 2006. Photograph by Leigh Harris.
48p - The RAF Falcons
The RAF Falcons are based at RAF Brize Norton as part of the No. 1 Parachute Training School. All of the Falcons are selected from the RAF's Parachute Jumping Instructors. Team members receive further intensive training to ensure that together, they are able to perform the highly skilled freefall and canopy manoeuvres that culminate in the Team safely landing, in quick succession, in front of the spectators. Photograph taken at Biggin Hill in 2006. Photograph by Andy Critchfield.
50p - Red Arrows Fly-past
Demonstrating the power of the Red Arrows to enthral an audience with their aerobatic feats a young fan enjoys the spectacle at Farnborough in 2006. Photograph by Ellis Nadler.
56p - Avro Vulcan Prototypes and Avro 707s
The Avro Vulcan was a British delta wing subsonic bomber that was operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984. The Vulcan was part of the RAF's V bomber force, which fulfilled the role of nuclear deterrence against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was also used in a conventional bombing role during the Falklands conflict with Argentina. Only one example of the type remains in flying condition. The Avro 707 was an experimental aircraft built to test the delta wing later incorporated into the Vulcan. This photograph was taken at Farnborough in 1953. Photo: RAF Museum London.
72p - Robert Wyndham, the One-armed Parachutist
This photograph, taken in 1933, shows the parachutist Robert Wyndham about to leap from an aircraft. Wyndham's fame was due to him having only one arm. Photograph Royal Aeronautical Society.
81p - WB Moorhouse rounds the Beacon at Hendon Air Race
This photograph taken around 1912 shows the aviator WB Moorhouse flying in an air race at Hendon. Moorhouse went on to become the first pilot to be awarded a Victoria Cross in 1915 during the First World War. Photo: RAF Museum London.
100 Years of Aviation Smilers Sheet
Featuring the First Class Red Arrows stamp the 100 Years of Aviation Generic Sheet features archive photography taken at air displays over the past 100 years and copy by Eugene Byrne.
Date of issue: 17 July 2008