Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - Historical Vehicles: Aero A.11 Biplane and Tatra 87 Car

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 21 September 2016
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 23 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Pavel Sivko - Aero Ab-11
Václav Zapadlík - Tatra 87

The Tatra 87 was a high-class car built by Czechoslovak manufacturer Tatra from 1937-50. The luxury aerodynamic car was the successor to the T 77 A model. A silver Tatra 87 demonstrated its qualities from 1947-50 when it was used by the famous Czech travellers Jiří Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund for their expedition to Africa and South America. A 1941 Tatra 87 won a New York Times reader’s poll of collector’s cars in 2010, beating strong competition from 651 cars.

In 1936, the first two prototypes of T 87 were built for testing, followed by a retesting series of another five cars in 1937. It was officially launched in 1937. The T 87 mass production started in 1938. In 1940, two cabriolets for military purposes were built. After World War II, mass production of the T 87 with minor modifications of the body continued until 1950. 

The Aero A.11 was a single-engine biplane aircraft used for multiple purposes. The first prototypes built in 1924 immediately drew the interest of the Czechoslovak defence ministry. In 1925 and 1926, these airplanes won prizes in the presidential speed contests and were used for several international trips to present Czechoslovak air force abroad. The reliable and problem-free Aero A-11 was used until its replacement by the Letov Š-328 in the mid-1930s. The Aero A-11 was built in several variants such as bomber, reconnaissance, night, training, hydroplane versions. After the withdrawal from the first line units, the remaining A-11s were rebuilt to training Aš-11s.


Stamp images and description thanks to Česká pošta