The Isle of Man has played a big role in the industry, from the design and manufacturing of parts and precision components to involvement on the International Space Station.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce newest set of stamps by Isle of Man that celebrates 150 years of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Eight new special stamps are to your attention. The items are to be issued on January 12.
The RAeS is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community.
The Isle of Man has a long heritage in aerospace manufacturing and can trace its origins as far back as the 1930s when Sir George Dowty (founder of Dowty Group) invented aircraft retractable landing gear.
Today the industry continues to evolve, supported by The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (IOMAC), a collaboration of 22 companies which include Swagelok, Triumph Actuation Systems (formerly Dowty Group) and Ronaldsway Aircraft Company.
Nigel Brown, managing director of Ronaldsway Aircraft Company, said: ‘The Isle of Man is home to a number of companies that manufacture major parts and precision components involved in the aerospace industry and it's great to see the stamps produced by Isle of Man Post Office celebrating 150 years of aerospace innovation.
'The stamps promote the island's manufacturing capability by highlighting some of the major developments in aerospace that local companies and their staff have been involved with.”
The dream of flight was eventually realized in the late 18th century and Vincenzo Lunardi made the first balloon voyage in Britain in 1784.
Man travelled by balloon for over a century before the first powered controllable aeroplane left the ground.
Sir George Cayley's understanding of the principles of heavier-than-air flight was a great advance over anything that had previously been formulated and in 1799 Caley, 'The Father of Aeronautics', set forth the concept of the modern aeroplane as a fixed-wing-flying machine with separate systems for lift, propulsion, and control.
Thereafter, progress of mechanical flight advanced quickly from the Wright Brothers first manned flight in 1903 to Yuri Gagarin's first manned space orbit of earth in 1961 and finally, the first passenger supersonic airliner Concorde in 1976.
A specially commissioned set of eight stamps capturing mankind's exploration to the skies and beyond in beautiful colour and high definition depict the evolution of aeronautics and great aeronautical achievements from the first hydrogen balloon flight in 1784 to the fourth generation of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 turbofan engine. The stamps incorporate an ingenious selective varnish and metallic over-layered print technique, adding shine and lustre to the set.