Aviation Historian 38
G.Peerless - Hi-de-Hi Flyers!
Butlin acquired Airspeed Consul G-AIKU (c/n 4348) in September 1946.
The concours d’elegance at Ingoldmells, which served the Butlin’s holiday camp at Skegness, in August 1950, including Miles Gemini 1A G-ALUG (c/n 6320), owned by the one-armed Dr James Daly, and Miles Messenger G-AKKK (c/n 6712), based nearby at Boston (Wyberton). In the background are McAlpine’s de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALBC and Bond Air Services’ D.H.86B G-ADVJ.
Percival Proctor V G-AGTE (c/n Ae.14) was the first aircraft to be acquired by Billy Butlin, who purchased it new in February 1946, the machine making its first flight on the 28th of that month. Nominally based at Luton, it is seen here in its original colour scheme of blue and gold at Elstree in May 1950, the month before Butlin sold it.
Cardiff-based Cambrian Air Services had been flying from Broom Hall, close to the Butlin’s holiday camp at Pwllheli, before the latter’s opening. After Butlin disposed of his own fleet, it continued pleasure-flying operations from there during the summer months, often using Auster V G-AFWN (c/n 124), named Pembroke.
Cambrian Autocrat G-AFWN Pembroke was delivered new in January 1946 and remained with the company until it was sold in May 1953.
One of only six built, Southern Martlet G-AAYX (c/n 202) made its first flight in 1930, and was acquired by Billy Butlin in October 1946. While in service with Butlin’s it was painted in a colour scheme of Cambridge blue overall with cream trim including a zig-zag on the cowling. It was based at Pwllheli and used for aerobatic displays.