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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Austria – Aircraft on Stamps – Part I

Thinking Australia got me thinking Austria :-) so I am going to write a few pieces on aircraft on stamps from Austria.

I think you will like the selection of stamps I have planned because many will have more than just the aircraft on them, although not this first one. From the 1958 issue to commemorate the re-opening of Austrian Airlines with its inaugural flight from Vienne to London in 1958.


Austrian Airlines AG was founded on September 30, 1957 and the inaugural flight was on March 31, 1958. The red-white-red fleet then consisted of four chartered Vickers Viscounts V.779Ds with this one showing OE-LAB over the outline of the country.

This aircraft was originally built for Fred Olsen Lines, a Norwegian charter company which operated between 1946 and 1997 out of its base in Oslo.

In January 1958 it was leased to Austrian and served them for about 18 months when it was leased to  BEA who operated it for the next 12 months. It was eventually purchased by Indian Airline Corporation in 1962 .

A rather nice piece of artwork of the aircraft I thought.

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