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Spanish autogyro stamps have a strong appeal

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Stamp Market Advice By Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

The autogyro, which superficially resembles a helicopter, was invented by the Spanish aviation pioneer Juan de la Cierva. The first successful flight took place in January 1923.

Gyroplanes have a non-motorized rotary wing mounted on a mast above the fuselage. Power is provided by an engine and propeller mounted on the fuselage. When the engine pulls or pushes the aircraft forward, air is forced upward through the rotary airfoil, providing lift.

La Cierva began developing the autogyro after a prototype bomber he designed stalled and crashed during testing. This led him to research an aircraft design capable of flying at very low speeds without stalling.

Once in flight, because the rotary airfoil will continue to auto-rotate as long as the aircraft maintains some forward motion, gyroplanes can often land safely even if the engine is shut off. For this reason, Cierva and other proponents of the autogyro have claimed they are the safest type of aircraft to operate.

Ironically, the Cierva was killed in the crash of a conventional KLM DC2 airliner after taking off from Croydon Airfield in Croydon, England on December 9, 1936.

Spain issued the world’s first gyroplane stamp in 1935. The design of this 2-peseta blue-gray stamp shows a Cierva gyroplane in flight over Seville (Scott C72A). A similar dark blue 2p stamp with an re-engraved design was issued later (C72B).

These stamps are perforated caliber 11½. The stamps are also available as non-serrated pairs (Scott C72Ag and C72Bc). The re-engraved stamp is also available in openwork caliber 10 (C72Bd).

Additionally, the re-etched dark blue stamp (C72B) exists with private 14 gauge perforations, which are rated and rated but not listed in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940.

These Spanish autogyro stamps have a strong appeal for aircraft collectors.

The Scott Classic Specialized catalog values ​​the blue gray stamp (Scott C72A) at $ 30 unused, hinged and $ 60 mint, unhinged. The re-engraved stamp (C72B) is valued at 75 ¢ mint condition with hinge and $ 2.50 mint condition without hinge.

The re-etched 10 gauge perforated stamp (Scott C72Bd) is valued at $ 1.50 unused, hinged and $ 3 new, unhinged. The re-etched stamp with private 14 gauge perforations is valued at $ 9 in both unused, hinged and used condition.

Stamps and varieties are a good buy at or near Scott catalog value.

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