Last year’s SA Air Force (SAAF) centenary celebrations were severely curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic and in one instance saw only a handover of a commemorative stamp album to mark the anniversary.
The stamps are a collective effort drawing on the expertise of the philately service of the SA Post Office (SAPO) and the air force, particularly the knowledge residing in the SAAF Museum.
Previous CAF, Lieutenant General Zakes Msimang, received a commemorative stamp album marking the centenary last September. This is the third time the air force has been part of South Africa’s philately history. In 1993 the SAPO released an “Aviation in South Africa” stamp series with a commemorative SAAF stamp following two years later.
The centenary album came ahead of the stamps being printed and going into circulation with the “SAAF 2020 Embracing Our Collective Heritage Commemorative Stamp Issue” the only memento of the event. It was originally planned for the stamps to be available at last year’s SAAF Museum airshow in May, cancelled due to COVID-19, and later in year at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition – also a pandemic casualty.
According to the SAAF the commemorative stamps are available at Post Office philatelic counters and the organisation will advise when the stamps are available in post offices.