At the age of eight Peter Motson was an aircraft model maker and a “schoolboy stamp collector”, but his philatelic interests did not connect to aerophilately until after 1968 when he had left his first career, in the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, where he served for nine years as an aircraft engineer on carrier-borne “front line” squadrons. He later worked at the Westland Aircraft manufacturing company, providing him with a better than average knowledge of aircraft. He is well read in the history of aviation as far back as the Wright brothers.Although collecting material for his Newfoundland Airmail Stamps and Air Mail Flights: 1918-1949 exhibit first started in 1970, the acquisition of scarcer items was minimal until after the sale of his business interests in 2002. The exhibit was first shown in 2004 and attained a Large Vermeil award in London, England. His study of north Atlantic airmails was rewarded in 2005 with the British Aerophilatelic Federation ‘Medal for Research’. In 2006, the exhibit won the covetedBritish Aero Philatelic Club Trophy in addition to a Gold medal. At BNAPEX 2008 NOVAPEX in Halifax, Nova Scotia the exhibit again received a Gold medal, as well as the Meyerson Award for ‘Best Exhibit from a Province of Canada before Confederation’.