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THE OVERSEAS FLIGHTS


Internal Flights: 2000, 16 Sept. / 2000, 5 Oct. / 2000, 14 Dec.


2001, 27 January

MEDIVAC EMERGENCY FLIGHT FROM SOUTH POLE TO CHRISTCHURCH

This flight was made by a ski-equipped USAF Hercules aircraft to bring Thomas O Wotnitza to hospital for treatment. Covers have South Pole Station cachet on reverse and arrival datestamp on front of APO AP 96531, Christchurch.

Internal Flight: 2001, 14-15 Apr.


2001, 26 April

MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO & RETURN

This flight was made by an RNZAF Hercules. Covers were datestamped at the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch.


2001, 19 November

SAFEAIR SUPPORT FLIGHT FROM CHRISTCHURCH TO ANTARCTICA
FOR ITALIAN RESEARCH PROGRAMME

This flight was made by an L382-G Hercules and the covers were datestamped with the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch postmark.


2003, 17 January

MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT FROM MCMURDO TO CHRISTCHURCH

Covers were postmarked at McMurdo Station on 17 Jan and have a Christchurch Mail Center arrival datestamp of 22 Jan.


2003, 18 October

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1953 LONDON-CHRISTCHURCH AIR RACE

42nd Day of Aerophilately, Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Specially printed commemorative covers were datestamped with a special postmark for this anniversary at an aerophilatelic exhibition held there.


2004, 13 April

MEDICAL EMERGENCY FLIGHT CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO & RETURN

This flight was made by USAF C141 Starlifter. Covers were datestamped with the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch postmark.

Internal Flight: 2004, 29 Oct.


2004, 27 December

RUSSIAN ILYUSHIN 76 FLIGHT FROM CHRISTCHURCH TO ANTARCTICA

A small number of airmail postcards were signed by the Russian flight crew and flown to McMurdo Station. Some were datestamped at the American APO in Christchurch, some with the Christchurch NZ cds and others with the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch postmark.


2005, January

RUSSIAN FLIGHTS FROM SOUTH POLE-MCMURDO-CHRISTCHURCH

Post cards were datestamped at the South Pole APO AP 96598 on 5th Jan and flown to McMurdo by an Antonov-3t, from where they were flown to Christchurch on board the Ilyushin 76. A backstamp from McMurdo is dated 12 Jan.


2005, 3 February

LAST FLIGHT OF C141 STARLIFTER CHRISTCHURCH-MCMURDO

Some airmail postcards, with a photo of the first Starlifter landing in the Antarctic in 1966, were datestamped at the USAF APO 96531 on 3 Feb and flown by an US Air Force Starlifter.

Internal Flight: 2005, 16 Sept.

2006, 16 January

FIRST ANTARCTIC LANDING BY ORION

A P3-L Orion NMO 621 piloted by Capt S Nielson landed on the Pegasus Ice Runway. Some of the commemorative covers were prepared and are datestamped at the Ross Dependency Agency, Christchurch on 18 Jan.


2006, 31 October

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST AIRCRAFT LANDING AT THE SOUTH POLE - 31 OCTOBER 1956

A US Navy R4D-5 Skytrain plane (a version of the Douglas DC3) named "Que Sera Sera" flew Admiral George Dufek to the South Pole on 31 October 1956. Some by Air Classique commemorative postcards were postmarked at the USAF APO 96598 South Pole Station on 31 Oct 2006. Some postcards were franked with a Zazzle.com personalized postage stamp featuring a photo of the Que Sera Sera at the South Pole.

Internal Flights: 2006, Nov. / 2006, Nov. / 2007, 3 July


2007, November

AIRBUS TEST FLIGHTS TO ANTARCTICA

In November an Airbus A319LR made a number of flights from Christchurch to McMurdo and landed on the white ice runway at the Pegasus airfield. Various covers and cards exist datestamped at Hobart. Christchurch and McMurdo on various dates from 14 to 22 November.


2007, 17 December

GLOBEMASTER EXPERIMENTAL AIRDROP AT SOUTH POLE

The USAF sent a Globemaster from Christchurch to the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station to make a drop. Covers exist datestamped at NZ Post, Lyttleton and US APO CHC.


2008, September

FIRST SPRING FLIGHT TO ANTARCTICA

A USAF C17 Globemaster made this flight and carried cards datestamped at Christchurch 4-5 September.


2008, September

FIRST NIGHT VISION FLIGHT TO ANTARCTICA

A C17 Globemaster made this medical emergency flight from Christchurch to McMurdo and covers exist datestamped at McMurdo Station 12 Sep.

Internal Flight: 2008, 7 Oct. / 2009, 2 Feb.



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The information used on this site has been sourced
from the following three publications:


"THE AIR MAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, Volume One,
THE INTERNAL FLIGHTS"
(1897-1955)
by DOUGLAS A. WALKER

"AIRMAILS OF NEW ZEALAND, Volume Two,
THE OVERSEAS FLIGHTS
1928-1940"
by DOUGLAS A. WALKER

"THE NEW ZEALAND AIRMAIL CATALOGUE" Third Edition, 2009
(editor: Mike Shand) Author JAMES A. STAPLETON


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE PUBLISHER

Kind permission for their material to be used on this website
has been granted by:

THE AIR MAIL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND Inc,
Box 29-144, Fendalton,
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Air Mail Society of New Zealand website

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