STAMP ISSUES RELATED TO ICAO (1945-1977)

 

Somalia : 30th Anniversary of ICAO

                                                                                                            

Issue date: 31/12/1977

 

 

Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of a "helicopter" (Helical Air Screw, circa 1503) and ICAO emblem.

The text at the top reads: THE PROJECT OF THE ROTATING (METAL) NAIL.

 

Some experts say that the modern day helicopter was inspired by this design.

 

Montgolfier hot-air balloon (first manned free flight by balloon, 21 November 1783) and ICAO emblem.

The text at the top reads: A HOT AIR BALLOON.

 

Wright Flyer I (1903) and ICAO emblem.

The text at the top reads: THE FIRST ENGINE AIRCRAFT THAT PERFORMED A FLIGHT.

 

Boeing 720B of Somali Airlines and ICAO emblem.

Set with left margins.

 

 

Miniature sheet showing the four stamps of the issue and a picture of the International Airport of Mogadishu, Somalia (named Aden Adde International Airport after Aden Abdullah Osman Daar, first President of Somalia from 1960 to 1967).

 

Miniature sheet mounted on Rowland Hill Gesellschaft hingeless album sheet with explanatory notes in German - Geschichte der Luftfahrt.

 

First Day Covers.

 

 

First Day of Issue – Special cover sent from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Mogadishu to the Head of Public Information (PIO) at ICAO.

 

First Day of Issue mounted on Rowland Hill Gesellschaft hingeless album sheet with explanatory

notes - Geschichte der Luftfahrt.

 

Montgolfier’s hot-air balloon

 

Somalia's coat of arms

Three stamps of this issue were utilized on a special souvenir card issued on the occasion of the charitable flight by hot air balloon to sponsor the SOS Children's Villages.

The cancel dated 21 June 1979 (with text: PREMIER VOL POSTAL EN BALLON) shows Montgolfier’s hot-air balloon; the Montgolfier Brothers made their first manned free flight by balloon on 21 November 1783.

Somalia's coat of arms (shown at upper-left corner of the card) features two leopards supporting a shield, which bears the white star of the national flag; below the shield are two crossed lances and palm fronds wrapped in a ribbon.

The text in Somali language is translated as follows:

1.     At the top: THE FIRST HOT AIR BALLOON (FLIGHT) PERFORMED IN SOMALIA

2.    Just below the stamps at the left-side (on several lines):

a.    POSTCARD NUM. * 737

b.    THE BALLOON IS FLOWN BY THE AIR (WIND)

c.    HB BEK – THAT TOOK LAUNCHED FLIGHT FROM MOGADISHU AND HEADING TO ITS DESTINATION * YAKSHIID *

d.    22. DKSB PILOT

HB-BEK SCHIESSER is the name of the hot air balloon flown by Pilot H. Jo Scheer between Mogadishu and Yakshiid (one of the districts of Mogadishu) on 21 June 1979 to sponsor the Children's Villages. Flown card, as shown by the blue hand-cancel: Freiballon - HB-BEK – Bordstempel (Bordstempel means board stamp). The Italian airline Alitalia was the supporter of this event.

DKSB is the abbreviation for Deutsche Kinderdorfsonderballonpost. DKSB-22 is the catalogue number for the German Children Village Special Balloon Mail.

SOS Children's Villages (Kinderdorf) is an independent, non-governmental international development organization which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949.

Blue facsimile signature of Pilot H. Jo Scheer.

 

The following pictures show front and back (with map of Somalia) of the souvenir card.