Cover produced for the 20th Anniversary of liberation of the Falkland Islands and shows the RAF's role in providing strategic bombing with their Vulcan bombers. The full cover artwork by Tony Theobald shows Avro Vulcan XM607 being refuelled by Handley Page Victor XL512 during Operation Black Buck.
The cover bears 20p UK definitive stamp cancelled with BFPS 2673 postmark on the 20th Anniversary of the first Black Buck Raid by XM607 and has been flown in a Vickers VC10 of No 10 squadron from RAF Brize Norton to the Falkland Islands via Ascension Island.
Cover is signed by Rt Hon Lord Pym MC* DL who was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1982-83 during the Falklands conflict.
Signed by Lord Pym MC* DL
250 Numbered and Certified on reverse
Cover size 210mm x 120mm
Francis Leslie Pym was born 13 February 1922 and was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He served in the army during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross and Bar. He entered Parliament in 1961 as Member of Parliament for Cambridgeshire, holding the seat until 1983, and was MP for Cambridgeshire South East 1983-1987. He served under Edward Heath as Government Chief Whip (1970-1973) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1973-1974), and Margaret Thatcher as Defence Secretary (1979-1981), Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council (1981-1982) then Foreign Secretary (1982-1983). He stood down at the 1987 election and was given a life peerage as Lord Pym. He is a descendent of the 17th century Parliamentarian John Pym.