This English pilot was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot who participated in the Battle of Britain and downed a number of German aircraft; as a test pilot he was the first Brit to break the sound barrier, and among the notable aircraft he tested were the Canberra and the Lightning. Item #37684
Signed Commemorative Envelope, 7½" X 4½", n.p., cancelled 13 May 1989. Fine. 35p "Inter Parliamentary Union Centenary Conference" stamp at upper right. Large pictorial color cachet filling left half of envelope, titled "40th Anniversary / Canberra Aircraft / 13 May 1989," depicts three very different Canberra aircraft in flight and explanatory text giving details, including the crew -- with Beaumont cited as co-pilot. In a blank area near bottom at center, Beaumont signs boldly in black fineline. Special circular cancellation notes “40th Anniversary of the First Flight of the Canberra.” Verso notes this envelope limited to 795 numbered copies (this #753), signed by Group Captain W.S.O. Randle. Accompanied by a small printed 5½" X 3½" black and white photograph showing a smiling Beaumont in later years in flight suit standing alongside an airplane and a small printed biographical statement about him.