Suriname : 40th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 16/05/1984



Sikorsky S‑40 (the first to carry a “Clipper” name) flying boat of Pan Am landing on the Suriname river. The text in Dutch reads as follows: Landing Ch. Lindberg op de Suriname Rivier (in fact in 1929, Lindbergh landed on the Suriname River near Paramaribo in Dutch Guiana – now Suriname - with a two-engine Sikorsky S-38, when Pan Am extended the Foreign Air Mail Route 6 (FAM-6) that it operated from Miami to San Juan further into the Caribbean and to the northern part of South America), whereas the scenery shows the 4-engine aircraft Sikorsky S-40 landing on the river. Thus, there seems to be a design error, as one would have expected to see accordance between the design and the text.



de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 of Suriname Airways, registered PZ‑TCE in Suriname. Text on the stamp: Surinam Airways sinds 1954 (in Dutch).

Presentation folder of this issue. Note that the official name for the aircraft show on 65-cent stamp is DCH-6 Twin Otter (and not Twinhopper).


Two errors are to be highlighted on the following back of the presentation folder:

  1. ICAO was established at the end of the Chicago Conference, i.e. on 7 December 1944 (and not on 1 November as mentioned on the following page).
  2. ICAO was not established in the framework of the United Nations, as the UN officially came into existence on 24 October 1945 when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and by a majority of other signatories.