Aeroplane Monthly 1987-07
Personal album
Evocative photograph of Southern Counties Aviation Company’s Avro 504K G-EBKS taken as an engineer “sucks in” before a joy flight from Boston during the summer of 1926. Named Attaboy, this 504K was normally based down south at Brooklands. It was withdrawn from use the following year.
View of the Ford 4AT-E G-ABEF, Ford’s UK demonstrator, photographed at the Skegness Air Pageant on July 31, 1932. It was the largest aircraft ever to land on that aerodrome. Following sale to two British companies the Ford was sold to Guinea in July 1934 and was re-registered VH-UDY.
Another Skegness visitor was Comper Swift G-AAZD, snapped there in April 1933, the year that it was exported to Egypt. Both cars and aircraft appear to be making use of the petrol pumps, situated on the road that ran along the eastern edge of the aerodome. G-AAZD ended its flying career at Witney, where it crashed in July 1938.
The Henderson School of Flying’s Avro 548 flying pleasure trips from the beach at Skegness in 1927. This Renault-powered 504 variant was normally based at Brooklands.
A Moth among the daisies at Hucknall on Whit Monday, 1928. The Nottingham Aero Club’s DH.60X Moth is about to take off from its home ground. G-EBSK was destroyed following a crash at Hucknall on August 22, 1928. The massive hangar in the background is a reminder of Hucknall's earlier RAF days.