Aeroplane Monthly 1986-11
D.Middleton - E.L. "Jock" Bonar /Test Pilot Profile/ (14)
Jock Bonar giving the Riding family a five-bob flip in Berkshire Aviation Tours’ Avro 504K G-ABAV at Kingsland Road, Holyhead on September 9, 1930. The Editor’s father is seen escaping at stage right. ’AV crashed at Holyhead a few days later.
Another view of the Vulture-powered Hawker Henley, K5115, on which Bonar flew for 70hr, during which time he experienced two forced landings. K5115 was struck off RAF charge in 1941.
Hawker Henley K5115 fitted with the 1,760 h.p. Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. To compensate for the extra weight of this engine it was necessary to load 200lb of lead into the tail.
The Bellanca EI-AAZ Irish Swoop running up its engine at RAF Mildenhall on the eve of the great MacRobertson race.
Jock Bonar seated in the luckless Bellanca 28-70 EI-AAZ at Southampton in October 1934.
Northern Air Transport's D.H.60X Moth G-EBZU, based at Barton, was destroyed in a crash at Irlam in Lancashire on October 9, 1932.
Jock Bonar was Northern Air Transport's chief pilot during 1931-32, based at Barton. In this photograph he is seen in the cockpit of NAT’s D.H.60X Moth G-EBZU.