Prototype Westland Lysander K6127 flying from Yeovil on October 15, 1936. It made its maiden flight, from Yeovil, on June 15.
An aerial view of Portsmouth Aerodrome taken on June 2, 1932, the day that it was opened. In addition to the display aircraft some 70-odd visitors arrived during the afternoon and were parked at the farther end.
The GAL 41 pictured at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Garden Party at Fairey’s Great West Aerodrome on Sunday, May 14,1939 - its public debut. The pressure-cabin Monospar was designed to collect data for a full-sized sub-stratosphere airliner.
The design of the side-by-side two-seater CW Cygnet was sold to General Aircraft, who further modified the aircraft, fitting it with twin fins and rudders and later adding a tricycle undercarriage in early 1939.
The GAL 38 Night Shadower in its original form.
South African Air Force Convertible Airspeed Envoy III 251 on test from Portsmouth on June 28, 1936.
G-ACMT, the prototype Airspeed Envoy, makes a low pass over Portsmouth shortly after its first flight in June 1934. The retractable undercarriage was a novel feature.
Series 2 Envoy G-ACMT flying over the Queen Mary over Cowes Roads in March 1936. Aboard the Envoy were Messrs N. S. Norway and Airspeed designer A. Hessell Tiltman.
LINERS OF TWO ELEMENTS: This fine aerial picture of the Queen Mary was secured by Flight's photographer over Cowes Roads last week. The Series II Envoy - from which, incidentally, the Airspeed Company's joint managing directors, Mes N. S. Norway and A. Hessell Tiltman, were viewing the liner - was flown by Flt. Lt. C. H. A. Colman.
The second prototype Airspeed Queen Wasp flying from Portsmouth in November 1937.
Monospars on the tarmac outside the General Aircraft works at Croydon. G-ACTS was an ST-10, built in 1934 and flown with Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd. The Croydon factory closed down in 1933 and GA moved to better premises at Hanworth the following year.
The Westland Pterodactyl V pictured at Yeovil on August 31, 1934. It was powered by a steam-cooled Rolls-Royce Goshawk V-12 engine.
Harald Penrose flying the Westland Pterodactyl V from Yeovil on August 31, 1934.
The fully aerobatic Pterodactyl Mk V was powered by one 600 h.p. Rolls-Royce Goshawk engine.
AS.8 Viceroy G-ACMU, specially built for competing in the 1934 England-Australia race, being examined at Portsmouth by competitors Capt T. N. Stack and S. L. Turner. Similar to the Envoy, this Viceroy was powered by two supercharged 280 h.p. Cheetah VI radial engines.
The side-by-side two-seater CW Cygnet flying in its original form in 1937. At the time it was the smallest British all-metal stressed-skin aircraft. Priced at £895 with the 80-90 h.p. Cirrus Minor engine, it attracted little interest; the design was sold to General Aircraft, who further modified the aircraft