There is no doubting which was the most arresting stamp in the set of five commemorating 50 years of passenger jet aviation. 

A beautifully lit photo-essay features the ‘face’ of a contemporary Airbus A340-600, staring back at the viewer like some benevolent monster.

The bulk of the aircraft, which can carry almost 400 people, is not illustrated but is clearly suggested by its massive head, standing out magnificently against an indigo clear sky.

Design: Roundel. 

Printing: gravure by De La Rue.