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Foreign Space Covers:
Ascension Island, Special Notes

  • Please read general notes below.
  • There are many scarce and unusual covers on this list with my own unofficial cachets, and other space cachets.
  • I have a particular interest in Ascension Island since I lived and worked there in the 1970s at the USAF Eastern Test Range tracking station, and that is why I issued covers from there not only for my own collection but for sale to others.
  • One point of note, is that while I was working on Ascension in 1972 I issued special covers for island anniversaries, one of which was the 30th anniversary of the first aircraft to land on the island which was publicized in the islands newspaper at that time. The Ascension Postal System finally came out with its own postage stamp for this event on the 40th anniversary. I would like to think that I put this idea into their files for a future issue. (see item 0075B on the below list).
  • Not all of my Ascension covers are in this country listing, other covers are included in lists such as: the General Air and Space Covers lists, and Tracking Station Cover lists etc. etc.
  • So if you dont see what you are looking for here, please use the search box at the top of this page to search my website for Ascension or any other country name or topic you are looking for.

General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

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LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
FRGAC10010B$4.5011/07/1966F
ASCENSION: APOLLO SATELLITE STATION OPENS FIRST DAY COVER (#104-107), with a word hand cancel of Ascension, Nov. 7, 1966, (cancel hard to read, as it falls on dark portion of the stamps), on a set of 4 stamps, 3p, 4p, 1sh3p, & 2sh6p, all of the same design: ComSat Earth Station antenna receiving signals from a satellite, with moon in the sky, with inscription: "Apollo Communications Satellite Earth Station Opens 1966". With blue HJM Printed Cachet, of pictures and names of various space satellites/manned flight vehicles, an apollo/saturn rocket, the NASA emblem and the US Air Force emblem all around the border of the envelope & text: "Commemorating a United States Space Achievement". Small 4 line rubber stamp address. NOTE: just two of these unofficial first day covers were made, SCARCE. IMAGE

FRGAC10010C$5.0011/07/1966F
ASCENSION: APOLLO SATELLITE STATION OPENS FIRST DAY COVER (#104-107), with a word hand cancel of Ascension, Nov. 7, 1966, (cancels on this FDC are easier to read), on a set of 4 stamps, 3p, 4p, 1sh3p, & 2sh6p, all of the same design: ComSat Earth Station antenna receiving signals from a satellite, with moon in the sky, with inscription: "Apollo Communications Satellite Earth Station Opens 1966". With red Rubber Stamp Cachet (unidentified), of the Apollo NASA emblem with a big A in the center, and shows the flight trajectory a spacecraft going from the earth to the moon, the text on the emblem reads: "Apollo - NASA". Small 4 line rubber stamp address. NOTE: just two of these unofficial first day covers were made, SCARCE.

FRGAC10015A$4.0002/15/1971F
ASCENSION: SPACE DEFINITIVES FIRST DAY COVER (#138 & 144), with a hand cancel of Ascension, Feb. 15, 1971,(for the first day of these two stamps in a series of 14 space stamps) on a 1/2p stamp showing a chinese man getting ready to shooting a rocket & a 4-1/2p stamp showing the Mercury/Atlas rocket launch of John Glenn, the first american manned orbital flight of Feb. 20, 1962. Black & silver BENSON & HEDGES printed cachet showing a tracking antenna pointed at the moon at night, with printed text: "The Exploration of Space". Benson & Hedges 100's printed address. IMAGE

FRGAC10015B$4.0002/15/1971F
ASCENSION: SPACE DEFINITIVES FIRST DAY COVER (#143 & 144), with a hand cancel of Ascension, Feb. 15, 1971,(for the first day of these two stamps in a series of 14 space stamps) on a 3-1/2p stamp showing Harrison's chronometer and sailing ship & a 4-1/2p stamp showing the Mercury/Atlas rocket launch of John Glenn, the first american manned orbital flight of Feb. 20, 1962. Red & light blue all purpose space ARTOPAGES printed cachet showing 3 rockets at launch & with printed text: "Conquest of Space, Event". Small 3 line rubber stamp address.

FRGAC10015C$4.0002/15/1971F
ASCENSION: SPACE DEFINITIVES FIRST DAY COVER (#149), with a hand cancel of Ascension, Feb. 15, 1971, (for the first day of this stamp in a series of 14 space stamps), This 25p stamp shows the Gemini 4 astronaut walking in space, 1965. The cancel on this FDC is on the stamp but is still readable. Red & light blue all purpose space ARTOPAGES printed cachet showing 3 rockets at launch & with printed text: "Conquest of Space, Event". Small 3 line rubber stamp address.

FRGAC10017A$15.0006/15/1972F
ASCENSION: 30th ANNIVERSARY 1st AIRCRAFT TO LAND AT ASCENSION ISLAND COMMEMORATIVE COVER, it has a June 15, 1972 Ascension hand cancel on a pair of 2p stamps (#141) showing Galileo, his telescope & drawing of the moon from 1609. With 3 color FRASKETI Rubber Stamp Cachet (unidentified) showing outline of the island, a WWII RAF aircraft the Fairey Swordfish, & a stylized U.S. flag/Eagle symbol & text: "15 June 1942, First Aircraft to Land at Ascension, Fairey Swordfish, Wideawake Field". On a #10 size business envelope from the NASA Station, Ascension Island, which reads: "National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Ascension Island Manned Space Flight Tracking Station, Devil's Ashpit, P.O. Box 4187, Ascension Auxiliary Air Base, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida 32925. Official Business". Envelope has typed address. NOTE: this is a one of a kind envelope from the NASA Ascension Tracking Station, thus SCARCE. IMAGE

FRGAC10020A$4.0003/20/1975F
ASCENSION: SKYLAB FIRST DAY COVER (#183-184), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, March 20, 1975, on a 2p stamp showing Skylab space station with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has inscription: "From photograph of island taken from Skylab 3, 11-1-73 from a height of 240 miles" and an 18p stamp showing the Apollo command module with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has similar inscription as the 2p stamp except it says photograph taken from Skylab 4 on 3-1-74. Black ARTCRAFT printed cachet for Skylab with text, reading in part: "Saluting United States Space Achievments....". (this ARTCRAFT cachet was issued for the USA Skylab stamps and unused cachets were sent to Ascension Island for their Skylab stamps first day servicing, thus they are SCARCE, probably the only ones in existence, very few prepared).

FRGAC10020B$3.0003/20/1975F
ASCENSION: SKYLAB FIRST DAY COVER (#183-184), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, March 20, 1975, on a 2p stamp showing Skylab space station with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has inscription: "From photograph of island taken from Skylab 3, 11-1-73 from a height of 240 miles" and an 18p stamp showing the Apollo command module with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has similar inscription as the 2p stamp except it says photograph taken from Skylab 4 on 3-1-74. Black NASA emblem rubber stamp cachet. (NASA was in charge of the U.S. Skylab program).

FRGAC10020C$3.5003/20/1975F
ASCENSION: SKYLAB FIRST DAY COVER (#183-184), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, March 20, 1975, on a 2p stamp showing Skylab space station with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has inscription: "From photograph of island taken from Skylab 3, 11-1-73 from a height of 240 miles" and an 18p stamp showing the Apollo command module with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has similar inscription as the 2p stamp except it says photograph taken from Skylab 4 on 3-1-74. With black Ascension Official Printed Cachet, that shows the Island crest and text: "Ascension Island Taken by Satellite, Official First Day Cover".

FRGAC10020D$4.0003/20/1975F
ASCENSION: SKYLAB FIRST DAY COVER (#183-184), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, March 20, 1975, on a 2p stamp showing Skylab space station with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has inscription: "From photograph of island taken from Skylab 3, 11-1-73 from a height of 240 miles" and an 18p stamp showing the Apollo command module with view of Ascension Island from space, stamp has similar inscription as the 2p tamp except it says photograph taken from Skylab 4 on 3-1-74. Red & blue all purpose space ARTOPAGES printed cachet showing 3 rockets at launch & the Apollo spacecraft heading towards orbit, with printed text: "Cape Canaveral, renamed Cape Kennedy Space Center. Event". (the Skylab space station was launched from Cape Canaveral/Cape Kennedy).

FRGAC10025A$4.0006/19/1975F
ASCENSION: WIDEAWAKE AIRFIELD FIRST DAY COVER (#185-188), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, June 19, 1975, on the 4 aircraft (that have flown to Ascension) stamps in this set (2p: US Air Force C-141A Starlifter; 5p: Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules; 9p: Vickers VC-10, & 24p: US Air Force C-5A Galaxy). With black Ascension Official Printed Cachet, showing the Ascension Crest and text: "Official First Day Cover, Wideawake Airfield, Ascension Island".

FRGAC10030A$5.0006/19/1975F
ASCENSION: WIDEAWAKE AIRFIELD FIRST DAY COVER (#188a souvenir sheet), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, June 19, 1975, on the souvenir sheet showing the 4 aircraft that have flown to Ascension. The stamps in this set are 2p: US Air Force C-141A Starlifter; 5p: Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules; 9p: Vickers VC-10, & 24p: US Air Force C-5A Galaxy. The border of the souvenir sheet shows the airfield tower, hanger, a plane on the ground and other aircraft in the sky. There is no cachet on this oversize cover (6"x8") to accommodate the large souvenir sheet (5-1/2"x3-3/4"). With 3 line rubber stamp address. NOTE: just a few of these unofficial first day covers were made with this souvenir sheet which IS TIED to cover by the first day hand cancel, SCARCE. The majority of official first day covers that have souvenir sheets on them do not have the sheet tied to the cover. IMAGE

FRGAC10030B$5.0006/19/1975F
ASCENSION: WIDEAWAKE AIRFIELD FIRST DAY COVER (#188a stamps), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, June 19, 1975, on the block of 4 setenant stamps taken from the #188a souvenir sheet showing aircraft that have flown to Ascension. The stamps in this set are 2p: US Air Force C-141A Starlifter; 5p: Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules; 9p: Vickers VC-10, & 24p: US Air Force C-5A Galaxy. With black Frasketi rubber stamp cachet, (unidentified) showing the English WWII Fairey Swordfish aircraft and text: "First Aircraft to Land at Wideawake Field, Ascension Island". NOTE: just a handful of these unofficial first day covers were made with these blocks of 4 setenant stamps, SCARCE.

FRGAC10030D$6.0006/19/1975SET
ASCENSION: WIDEAWAKE AIRFIELD SET OF 2 FIRST DAY COVERS (#188a stamps), Each cover has a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, June 19, 1975, The 1st cover has the 2p & 9p stamps and the 2nd cover has the 5p & the 24p stamps from the block of 4 setenant stamps taken from the #188a souvenir sheet, showing aircraft that have flown to Ascension. The stamps in this set are 2p: US Air Force C-141A Starlifter; 5p: Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules; 9p: Vickers VC-10, & 24p: US Air Force C-5A Galaxy. Each cover has a black Frasketi rubber stamp cachet, (unidentified) showing the English WWII Fairey Swordfish aircraft and text: "Fairey Swordfish, First Aircraft to Land at Wideawake Field, Ascension Island, 15 June 1942". NOTE: just a handful of these unofficial first day covers were made with these setenant stamps from the souvenir sheet, SCARCE.

FRGAC10040A$4.0007/04/1976F
ASCENSION: U.S. BI-CENTENNIAL FIRST DAY COVER (#215-217), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, July 4, 1976, on 3 space stamps (that have a direct connection with the United States and Ascension). Stamps in this set: 8p: view of the main base of the U.S. Tracking Station, with inscription: "20th Anniversary of Bahamas Long Range Proving Ground (extension) Agreement"; 9p: the NASA [tracking] station [located] at Devils Ashpit; 25p: Viking Satellite [spacecraft] Lands on Mars. With black & gold Ascension Official Printed Cachet, showing the U.S. flag and a tracking antenna on the island, with text: "U.S. Bi- Centennial, Ascension, Official First Day Cover". IMAGE

FRGAC10040B$4.0007/04/1976F
ASCENSION: U.S. BI-CENTENNIAL FIRST DAY COVER (#215), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, July 4, 1976, on 8p space stamp (that has a direct connection with the United States and Ascension). this single stamp FDC shows a view of the main base of the U.S. Tracking Station, with inscription: "20th Anniversary of Bahamas Long Range Proving Ground (extension) Agreement"; With black & gold Ascension Official Printed Cachet, showing the U.S. flag and a tracking antenna on the island, with text: "U.S. Bi- Centennial, Ascension, Official First Day Cover". Typed address. NOTE: the cancellation on these covers have a slightly different marking from other FDCs of these same stamps, there is a dash in front of the date, as " - 4 Jul 1976" which the other FDCs do not have, probably due to a different canceller being used. IMAGE

FRGAC10040C$4.0007/04/1976F
ASCENSION: U.S. BI-CENTENNIAL FIRST DAY COVER (#215), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, July 4, 1976, on 8p space stamp (that has a direct connection with the United States and Ascension). this single stamp FDC shows a view of the main base of the U.S. Tracking Station, with inscription: "20th Anniversary of Bahamas Long Range Proving Ground (extension) Agreement"; With a multicolor Printed Cachet (unidentified), showing the U.S. Bi-Centennial logo, the Skylab space station over earth and text: "First Day of Issue, Official Commemorative Stamp of Ascension Island". Typed address. (The backside of the cover has a printed "Certificate of Authenticity" from the "American Revolution Bicentennial Administration").

FRGAC10040D$4.0007/04/1976F
ASCENSION: U.S. BI-CENTENNIAL FIRST DAY COVER (#215), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, July 4, 1976, on 8p space stamp (that has a direct connection with the United States and Ascension). this single stamp FDC shows a view of the main base of the U.S. Tracking Station, with inscription: "20th Anniversary of Bahamas Long Range Proving Ground (extension) Agreement"; With a black Rubber Stamp Cachet from the U.S. Tracking Station at Ascension, showing the Air Force Eastern Test Range crest,and text: "Ascension AAF, Tracking Station". NOTE: The cachet is light but readable. The cover is also autographed by a tracking station technician. NOTE: Only five covers were serviced this way, SCARCE. IMAGE

FRGAC10040E$6.0007/04/1976F
ASCENSION: U.S. BI-CENTENNIAL FIRST DAY COVER (#215-217), with a first day of issue word hand cancel of Ascension Island, July 4, 1976, on 3 space stamps (that have a direct connection with the United States and Ascension). Stamps in this set: 8p: view of the main base of the U.S. Tracking Station, with inscription: "20th Anniversary of Bahamas Long Range Proving Ground (extension) Agreement"; 9p: the NASA (tracking) station [located] at Devils Ashpit; 25p: Viking Satellite [spacecraft] Lands on Mars. With black Printed Cachet (unidentified), showing the U.S. achievements in space: Apollo/Saturn, Gemini space walk, the Lunar Lander and a jet aircraft, with text: "Honoring U.S. Space Achievements". This is a #10 business size envelope, with three line rubber stamp address. Only two covers exist with this cachet. SCARCE. IMAGE

FRGAC10045A$4.0010/03/1977F
ASCENSION: CENTENARY OF PROFESSOR GILL VISIT (PLANET MARS RELATED) FIRST DAY COVER (#225-228), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, Oct. 3, 1977 on the 4 stamps in this set (3p: Mars Bay Site, 1877; 8p: Mars Bay & instrument sites; 12p: Prof & Mrs. Gill; 25p: partial map of Ascension Island showing where the Mars Observatory was located). With pink & black Ascension Official Printed Cachet, showing Professor Gill & text: "Ascension Island, Centenary of the Visit of Professor Gill to Ascension Island, Official First Day Cover". Cover is #10 business size envelope. (Prof. Gill visited Ascension in 1877 to observe the September opposition of Mars in determining the exact distance between the earth and the sun).

FRGAC10045B$4.0010/03/1977F
ASCENSION: CENTENARY OF PROFESSOR GILL VISIT (PLANET MARS RELATED) FIRST DAY COVER (#225-228), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, Oct. 3, 1977 on the 4 stamps in this set (3p: Mars Bay Site, 1877; 8p: Mars Bay & instrument sites; 12p: Prof & Mrs. Gill; 25p: partial map of Ascension Island showing where the Mars Observatory was located). With blue FMF Printed Cachet, (unidentified) showing 4 space and astronomy stamps and text reading: "Exploring the Universe." (Prof. Gill visited Ascension in 1877 to observe the September opposition of Mars in determining the exact distance between the earth and the sun).

FRGAC10045C$4.0010/03/1977F
ASCENSION: CENTENARY OF PROFESSOR GILL VISIT (PLANET MARS RELATED) FIRST DAY COVER (#225-228), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, Oct. 3, 1977 on the 4 stamps in this set (3p: Mars Bay Site, 1877; 8p: Mars Bay & instrument sites; 12p: Prof & Mrs. Gill; 25p: partial map of Ascension Island showing where the Mars Observatory was located). With red on white FMF Local Post stamp commemorating Prof. Gill's visit, on cover, with a black "First Day FMF TRAVEL L.P." cancel tieing the local stamp cover. (The FMF Local Post stamp shows the Mars symbol and text: "David Gill, Astronomer, visited Ascension Island in 1877 to observe the September opposition of Mars in determining the exact distance between the earth and the sun." IMAGE

FRGAC10045D$6.0010/03/1977SET
ASCENSION: CENTENARY OF PROFESSOR GILL VISIT (PLANET MARS RELATED) SET OF 4 FIRST DAY COVERS (#225-228), Each cover has a single stamp from the set with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, Oct. 3, 1977. Stamps in this set= 3p: Mars Bay Site, 1877; 8p: Mars Bay & instrument sites; 12p: Prof & Mrs. Gill; 25p: partial map of Ascension Island showing the Mars Observatory. Each cover has a blue FMF Printed Cachet, (unidentified) showing 4 space & astronomy stamps & text: "Exploring the Universe." & a red on white FMF Local Post stamp commemorating Prof. Gill's visit, on cover. Both the black "First Day FMF TRAVEL L.P." cancel & the Ascension postal cancel tie the local post stamps to cover. The FMF local stamp shows the Mars symbol & text: "David Gill, Astronomer, visited Ascension Island in 1877 to observe the September opposition of Mars in determining the exact distance between the earth and the sun." IMAGE

FRGAC10050A$4.0009/15/1979F
ASCENSION: 80th ANNIVERSARY OF EASTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY (COMSAT STATION RELATED) FIRST DAY COVER (#242-246), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, Sept. 15, 1979 on the 5 stamps in this set (3p: Landing Cable at Comfortless Cove; 8p: Cable Ship Anglia; 12p: Map showing cables across the Atlantic; 15p: Cable laying ship Seine; 25p: the Cable & Wireless Earth Station, showing the ComSat antenna & buildings, (this ComSat station was used in the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon missions). With multicolored Ascension Official Printed Cachet, showing men on the beach laying cable with ship in the background & text: "Ascension Island, Official First Day Cover, 80th Anniversary of the Eastern Telegraph Company". Cover is #10 business size envelope. IMAGE

FRGAC10055A$5.0005/01/1980F
ASCENSION: LONDON 1980 STAMP EXHIBITION/HISTORY OF MAIL TRANSPORT FIRST DAY COVER (#257-260), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, May 1, 1980 on the 4 stamps in this set (8p: 17th Century Bottle Post, ship anchored near Ascension; 12p: 19th Century Chance Calling Ship [36 gun frigate]; 15p: Regular Mail Service 1863, [ship "Garth Castle"]; 50p: Mail Services, 1980 [Ship "St. Helena" and a Lockheed C-141 aircraft flying over island], this aircraft brought mail to the island, especially to the U.S. Space Tracking Station). Each stamp has the "London 1980" logo. With blue & black Ascension Official Printed Cachet, showing messages in bottles, ships, an aircraft and the "London 1980 Logo" & text: "Ascension Island, History of Mail Transport, Official First Day Cover". Cover is #10 business size envelope. IMAGE

FRGAC10060A$5.0005/01/1980F
ASCENSION: LONDON 1980 STAMP EXHIBITION/HISTORY OF MAIL TRANSPORT SOUVENIR SHEET FIRST DAY COVER (#260a), with a turtle pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension, May 1, 1980 on the 4 stamps (8p, 12p, 15p & 50p) on the souvenir sheet, depicting mail transport using 17th century bottle posts; chance calling ships; regular ship mail service, & mail service today by a USAF Lockheed C-141 aircraft flying over Ascension, bringing mail to the island, (especially to the U.S. Space Tracking Station). Each stamp has the "London 1980" logo. Souvenir sheet border gives details on each stamp issued. With red on white FMF Local Post stamp showing Apollo Man on Moon FDC & magnifying glass & black overprint "London 1980", LP stamp has a "First Day of Issue FMF Travel Local Post" cancel. With 2 color rubber stamp word cachet: "From Bottle Post to Moon Post, Fort Myers Florida 33902 USA". Cover is a #10 business envelope. IMAGE

FRGAC10070A$4.0004/27/1981F
ASCENSION: SPACE SHUTTLE/EARTH STATION FIRST DAY COVER (#273a), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, April 27, 1981, on a 15p single stamp showing tracking antenna and building, stamp has inscription: "Space Shuttle - 2nd Earth Station, 1981. The Cable and Wireless Earth Station". With official multicolored Ascension Official Printed Cachet, that shows the Space Shuttle over Earth and text: "Ascension, Official First Day Cover". Cover size 6-3/8 x 4-1/2 inches. (Stamp was issued in a sheet of 10 for the flight of the Space Shuttle and had sheet marginal inscriptions). IMAGE

FRGAC10070B$3.0004/27/1981F
ASCENSION: SPACE SHUTTLE/EARTH STATION FIRST DAY COVER (#273a), with a pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of Ascension showing a turtle, April 27, 1981, on a 15p single stamp showing tracking antenna and building, stamp has inscription: "Space Shuttle - 2nd Earth Station, 1981. The Cable and Wireless Earth Station". With a blue FMF Printed Cachet, that shows the Space Shuttle in flight getting ready to launch a satellite from its cargo bay, and text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". (Stamp was issued in a sheet of 10 for the flight of the Space Shuttle and had sheet marginal inscriptions). IMAGE

FRGAC10075B$12.0006/15/1982DBL
ASCENSION: 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WIDEAWAKE AIRFIELD FIRST DAY COVER (#309 stamp), a commemorative 30th anniversary cover for 1st aircraft to land on Ascension. It has a June 15, 1972 Ascension hand cancel on 1/2p stamp showing a chinese rocket, with 3 color FRASKETI Rubber Stamp Cachet (unidentified) showing an outline of the island, a WWII RAF aircraft the Fairey Swordfish, and a stylized U.S. flag/Eagle symbol & this text: "15 June 1942, First Aircraft to Land at Ascension, Fairey Swordfish, Wideawake Field". Cover was serviced again with the new 5p stamp in the series of stamps issued for the 40th anniversary of Wideawake airfield, showing the Fairey Swordfish aircraft & cancelled Ascension, June 15, 1982 with the turtle pictorial first day of issue hand cancel. NOTE: just a few of these unofficial double cancelled first day covers were made, both having the 15 June cancel of 1972 and 1982 for this anniversary, SCARCE. IMAGE

DB: stats: tusd(36,29,7,0)

Click on the below link to read about the local post I operated
while working on Ascension Island in 1971-72, and
see many of the special covers I issued.

Ascension AAF Local Post


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