Indonesia : 50th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 07/12/1994



Picture of the Douglas DC-3/C-47 aircraft by the name of SEULAWAH (meaning Mountain of Gold in Aceh language) from Indonesian Airways, registered RI-001; ICAO 50th anniversary logo. Seulawah was Indonesia's mythical first airliner. 


Strip with marginal inscription: International Civil Aviation Organization.


Cancelled to Order (CTO).

Lower strip of 10 stamps with designer’s and printer’s names. Note that the latter name is printed as follows: Perum Percetakan Uang RI.


Full sheet of 50 stamps. No marginal inscriptions.


Philatelic notice with several errors in the first line of the text, denoting a poor translation in English:

  1. The article The is missing in front of the word Organization;
  2. The word Aciation should be written Aviation;
  3. The word spesialized should be written specialized;

On the 2nd line of second paragraph, be is missing between the words may and developed.



First Day Cover: Designer: Yus Rusnaedi A. of Accent Studio Bandung. The cachet shows the tail of a Fokker F28. At one point in the 1970s, Garuda owned 62 Fokker jets, making Garuda the world's largest operator of F28s at that time.


First Day Cover autographed by Ibnu Suroto, designer of the stamp.


First Day Cover autographed by Yus Rusnaedi, designer of the cachet.


First Day Cover autographed by Professor Dr. Ing. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, Indonesia. In 1994, the ICAO Council conferred the Edward Warner Award to Dr. Habibie for his eminent contribution to aircraft design and helping to shape his country’s policies in the field of civil aviation and aerospace technology. Later, he became the third President of Indonesia from 21 May 1998 to 20 October 1999.


Maximum card – Postmarked on 9 April 1999 on Indonesia’s National Aviation Day. On 9 April 1946, the fledgling state of Indonesia, at war with the Dutch, formed its own Air Force (as a separate service independent from the army), named Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia, or AURI. 9 April was later proclaimed National Aviation Day.


Back of the above maximum card showing the 3 stamps issued on 26 January 1999 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Garuda Indonesia.  Postmark designed in the form of digit 9 to denote the year 1999.

The stamp designs show (from left to right):

1. Rp500: Logo of Garuda Indonesia;

2. Rp700: Maintenance of an aircraft motor;

3. Rp 2000: Pilots and stewardess. Boeing 747.


Background: The history of Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s flag carrier, started when the businessmen and the people from Aceh gathered funds to purchase an aircraft. Full account on this issue can be obtained by clicking on the following link: Indonesia – From the Seulawah to Garuda Indonesian Airways and from the following philatelic notice: