Romania : 40th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 15/08/1984



Lockheed 14-WG3B Super Electra of Romanian LARES airline registered YR‑LIS in Romania, over map of Europe.


Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander, registered YR‑BNC in Romania, over Băneasa airport, Bucharest.


Rombac One-Eleven Series 500, leaving Otopeni Airport, Bucharest, and airliner on ground.

From 1982, Romania built nine BAC One-Eleven Series 500 under licence, as the Rombac One-Eleven (with registration numbers from YR-BRA to YR-BRI).



Boeing 707 of TAROM and world map.

Official First Day Cover, with Rombac One-Eleven Series 500 in the cachet.


Philatelic Exhibition held from 20 to 24 July 1985 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of first civil flight between Arad and Bucharest, with stops in Timișoara and Craiova, on 17 July 1935, and with pilot crew Dumesnil, mechanical and passenger desAla Polihroniade Vacas in an ICAR M 36 Comercial high-wing monoplane, registered YR-ACS and operated by LARES airline (see lower aircraft in the cachet). The protocol for the establishment of Timișoara Regional Airport was signed earlier that year on 29 May 1935 and the airport was officially inaugurated on 20 July 1935.

The stamp from this issue shows a Rombac One-Eleven Series 500. The aircraft registered YR-BCA shown in the upper-side of the cachet is a BAC 1-11 from TAROM, delivered on 14 June 1968; it was the first one of a series of 21 Bac One-Eleven delivered to Romania.

The cachet shows the Timișoara airport and control tower at the time of issue. The cover was sponsored by the A.F.R. (Romanian Philatelic Association) Timiș Branch in Timișoara.


One of the stamps of this issue (showing the Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander) was later utilized on a maximum card for the philatelic exhibition (EXPOZITIA FILATELICA ARIPI ROMANESTI, held from 11 to 18 April 1986 in Buzau, Romania) commemorating the 75th anniversary of the creation of the First Aviation School (Chitila School initiated by Mihail Cerchez) in Romania in 1911.


One of the stamps of this issue (showing the Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander) was later utilized to commemorate the Transfilex’87 philatelic exhibition held from 1 to 6 August 1987 at Bucharest, Romania. It was organized for the 75th Anniversary of aviation activity at Băneasa airport.

Prince George Valentin Bibescu established a piloting school on the field nearby Cotroceni, in the summer of 1911, in real competition with the School of piloting from Chitila. On 1 April, 1912, the Military School of Piloting was established, replacing Bibescu’s school.

Another school of piloting mentioned by the annals of aeronautics was established in the year of 1912, at the initiative of the same enthusiast, George Bibescu, who had not given up his desire of promoting the aeronautics. Through his and other contemporary people’s effort, on 5 May 1912, the National Air League was founded, meant to equip the Romanian Army with airplanes. A new aerodrome was constructed at Băneasa and the National Aeronautic League School of Piloting to be established. Several Blériot monoplanes and Farman biplanes were acquired for the training of military pilots.

Băneasa airport (shown in the cachet and the stamp) is the oldest continuously operating airport in Eastern Europe, and among the oldest five airports in the world. Year 1912 is also used to calculate the anniversaries of Băneasa airport.

The cancel seems to reproduce a Blériot aircraft.