Bolivia : 75th Anniversary of civil aviation


Issue date: 16/03/1979


Under the auspices of the Bolivian Philatelic Federation, this souvenir sheet was issued for the various philatelic exhibitions held in Bolivia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first engine‑powered flight of Wright Brothers. The text on the sheet reads: 75th anniversary of civil aviation.

Santos-Dumont 1873-1973 (centenary of birth); ICAO emblem for the 30th anniversary of the Organization. Reproduction of eight rare stamps issued by Bolivia, as described hereafter.



First Day Cover.



Details of the Bolivian stamps reproduced on this souvenir sheet (from left to right):

  1. Top row:

a) Stamp issued on 24 July 1974 for the 50th anniversary of the Bolivian Air Force (Rafael Pabón and Potez 25 double-decker);

b) Stamp issued on 13 June 1928 (Coat of arms of the Lloyd Aero Boliviano airline, landscape).

  1. Middle row:

a) Stamp issued on 24 July 1974 for the 50th anniversary of the Bolivian Air Force (Jet airliner and "50" figure);

b) Stamp issued on 6 September 1962 commemorating the Armed Forces of Bolivia (Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk, parachutes and emblem in red, yellow and green).

  1. Lower row:

a) 10-Centavo stamp overprinted on 6 May 1930 in commemoration of the Europe-Pan America flight of the airship Graf Zeppelin with: "CORREO AERO/R.S./6‑V‑1930" (in azure-blue). The original stamp was issued in December 1924 for the establishment of the National Aviation School in La Paz; the aircraft is a Morane Saulnier Type P;

b) 35-Sobretasa stamp overprinted and surcharged on 6 May 1930 with: "Z/1930/Bs. 6.‑" (in black), in commemoration of the connection service to the airship Graf Zeppelin. The original stamp was issued on 13 June 1928 to pay tribute to the Lloyd Aero Boliviano airline (with its coat of arms depicted on the stamp), founded on 15 September 1925;

c) Stamp issued on 24 April 1976 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lufthansa (1926‑1976). It shows a DC-10 airliner of the Lufthansa air company, and the Bolivian and German national colours;

d) Stamp issued on 24 July 1974 for the 50th anniversary of the Bolivian Air Force (Triplane trainer in the background and Morane Saulnier M.S. 760 Paris I airplane).


In May 1930, the Graf Zeppelin LZ 127 made its first visit to South America as part of a triangular flight (named the Europe-Pan America flight) between Spain, Brazil, and the United States. Providing passenger, express freight, and air mail service between Germany, Spain and South America was an early concern in the design of LZ 127. The 1930 flight originated in Friedrichshafen on 18 May and stopped first in Seville, Spain before continuing on to South America. The Graf arrived first in Brazil at Recife (Pernambuco) docking at Campo do Jiquiá on 22 May before proceeding on to Rio de Janeiro. The airship then flew back north to Lakehurst, New Jersey, before heading east over the Atlantic on 2 June to return to Germany with another stop in Seville. This flight led two years later to the establishment of the airship's regular scheduled commercial passenger, mail, and freight service between Germany and Brazil which operated from 1932 to May 1937.


On 6 January 1926, the Deutsche Luft Hansa AG was founded in Berlin; from the beginning, one of declared aims of Lufthansa was to bridge the South Atlantic in order to open a route connecting Germany with pro-German countries and with regions in South-America to which Germans had traditionally emigrated. Like the French, the Germans did not have an aircraft capable of crossing the ocean; they were also obliged to proceed in stages and were handicapped by not having colonies of the route, but they had maintained good relationships with Spain. The large group of ethnic Germans as well as Germany’s interests played a key role for the development of Lufthansa’s business with South America.