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"Spitfire In Space " !
« on: 12/20/2017 03:14 PM »
Twenty years ago today ,  on 20th December 1997 , a UK Royal Mail special  "Spitfire " postage stamp  was carried aboard a Russian Progress unmanned space freighter and launched toward to the manned MIR space station.

The stamp flight project was created by Phill Parker of Newcastle, Staffs.  The Royal Mail postage stamp depicts UK national hero Reginald Mitchell and his iconic WWII Spitfire aircraft design.

The postage stamp was first sent to Berlin to a Russian cosmonaut who then took it  to Moscow and then onto the Kazakhstan launch site at the Baikonur cosmodrome . Here it was loaded into the Russian Progress M-37 unmanned cargo freighter spacecraft which launched  20 December 1997 toward the manned MIR space station,  docking with it on the  22nd December 1997. The stamp transferred to the crew area during the Christmas period , where it was later stamped and signed by the onboard cosmonauts . It remained aboard MIR space station until 19 February 1998 when it returned to Earth  aboard manned spacecraft Soyuz TM-26 . 

It was returned back to Phill some weeks later travelling via Baikonur, Moscow and Berlin. The postage stamp was then mounted onto a specially commissioned oil painting and went on display  in Spring 1998 at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

Since then , over the past twenty years , it has been displayed at many venues across the UK and is generally known and exhibited by its unofficial media-dubbed title of " The First Spitfire In Space " ! 

It will next be displayed  along with other space flown items in early 2018 at a museum  in UK  ( details to follow as dates being finalised ).

Phill Parker












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Re: "Spitfire In Space " !
« Reply #1 on: 12/20/2017 03:28 PM »
This is the canvas with the flown on MIR Spitfire stamp.

Besides the three MIR cosmonaut signatures, it has also been signed by WWII ace Spitfire pilot  "Pete" Brown.


Phill


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