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Pictures: Britain's first airmail marked by new stamps

It's 100 years since a group of pilots made history by making the world's first airmail deliveries, so Royal Mail has issued a new set of stamps in their honour
It's 100 years since a group of pilots made history by making the world's first airmail deliveries, so Royal Mail has issued a new set of stamps in their honour.
The news set of stamps in honour of the UK's first airmail pilots
The UK's first Aerial Post service took to the sky on 9 September 1911, when a man called Gustav Hamel made a 15-minute flight from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor Castle to deliver specially designed postcards and letters.
One of the new stamps in honour of the UK's first airmail pilots. This is Gustav Hamel.
It was the first of 16 post flights to mark the coronation of King George V. They're recognised as the world's first scheduled airmail service as they delivered more than 130,000 specially designed postcards and letters.
One of the new stamps in honour of the UK's first airmail pilots
Hamel had to brave terrible weather to make sure the postcards were delivered on time.
One of the new stamps in honour of the UK's first airmail pilots
The 21-mile journey changed the way that post is delivered around the world.
One of the new stamps in honour of the UK's first airmail pilots, showing airmail being delivered at Windsor