50 years of British engineering celebrated with Royal Mail stamp set
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The Royal Mail is celebrating the last 50 years of British engineering with a new stamp series featuring inventions such as the Raspberry Pi and the Harrier jet.
The collection features ten new stamps including three projects that have previously won the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award: the Raspberry Pi, the three-way catalytic converter and superconducting magnets that enable MRI scanning.
The stamps also feature the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift, and Crossrail’s monumental tunnel boring project.
The Harrier Jump Jet, which is also celebrating 50 years since it entered RAF service, is itself also featured in a miniature sheet of four stamps.
The Harrier was the first operational jet fighter in the world to use revolutionary vertical short take-off and landing technology, powered by Rolls-Royce’s Pegasus engine.
Philip Parker of Royal Mail said: “British innovation in engineering is world-renowned. This stamp issue proudly celebrates the projects and inventions which showcase this, as well as demonstrating the extraordinary range of disciplines that British engineers excel in.”
Dr Dame Sue Ion, who chairs judges for the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, commented: “The UK is a global engineering powerhouse with many world firsts developed here that have both benefited our economy and helped to transform people’s lives for the better.
“This wonderful new set of Royal Mail stamps perfectly encapsulates the technical and commercial achievements made by British engineers over the last 50 years.
“These great British engineering innovations - several of which have won the MacRobert Award, the UK’s biggest prize for engineering innovation - represent an amazing foundation from which to develop exciting technologies for the future.”
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