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Stamps celebrate 100 years of Naval Aviation

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Guernsey Post is delighted to mark the Centenary of Naval Aviation with a special stamp issue featuring six naval aircraft from the 20th and 21st centuries.

It is 100 years ago since the Admiralty ordered the first airship, the Mayfly, to embark on a development programme for military aviation and the eventual formation of the Royal Naval Air Service.

In the years that followed naval aviation proved its true potential, and the Royal Navy carried out the first strategic bombing in war: the first air-to-air victories in combat; the first sinking of a ship using an air-launched torpedo and the first use of aircraft in a sea battle.

Dawn Gill, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said: "Over the past 100 years there has been incredible development in naval aviation, from early flimsy aircraft that struggled to leave the ground to today's stealth fighters."

"To mark the centenary each of the aircraft we have chosen for our stamp issue has its own story to tell; spanning a period from the First World War to aircraft used more recently in Iraq."

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