Operation Musketeer was the Anglo-French plan for the invasion of the Suez Canal in 1956. As part of this helicopters were used to transport Royal Marines of 45 Commando 9 miles from the aircraft carrier HMS Theseus to Port Said. This was the first ever use of helicopters for an assault landing.
BFPS has produced a commemorative cover to mark this groundbreaking use of helicopters.
The images used on the cover and the specially produced smiler stamp were taken by ‘troops on operation’ and provide a real sense of history in the making. The smiler stamp will be cancelled by the ‘BFPS 3201 Operation Musketeer’ handstamp, which incorporates an image of the iconic Wessex Whirlwind helicopter.
The cover comes with an information insert and these will be presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the event.
A limited number of the smiler stamps used on the cover are also available for sale in sheets.