Antarctic Aircraft stamps

Four aircraft important in the Australian Antarctic Territory since the 1950s were commemorated in a set of Australia Post stamps on 6 September 2005. The four stamps, designed by Lynda Warner of Tasmania, feature:

  • The Hughes 500 Helicopter debuted in the 1970s in support of a field party in the Prince Charles Mountains;
  • The De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver was used for reconnaissance and photography from 1955-1966;
  • The Pilatus PC-6 Porter was first chartered in the 1969-70 season; and
  • The Douglas DC-3/Dakota C-47 was flown for 47 days before it was destroyed in a blizzard in December 1960.