Aeroplane Monthly 1986-02
H.Morris - The Barnstormer's Apprentice (4)
On the move. Cobham's National Aviation Day display team in close formation, led by the Handley Page W.10 G-EBMR, probably in 1933. Nearest the camera is Avro 504N G-ABVH, powered by a Mongoose IIIA. The author knew this aeroplane inside out during the time it was based at Penshurst with F. J. V. Holmes and later Air Travel Ltd.
Another view of Avro 504N G-ABVH. This aircraft was built for the RAF as J8372 and in 1932 was converted for civil use. Its registration was cancelled in December 1946.
Alan Cobham's National Aviation Day display team hits town, led by an Airspeed Ferry flanked by Tiger Moths, Desoutters, a Gipsy Moth and an Avro 504K.
Apprentice and master. The author, left, with Dusty Miller, both suitably attired for aviating in the 504 behind them.
Top: “You there - give me a swing”. Aviation’s foremost impresario, Alan Cobham, sitting in one of his Tiger Moths. Sir Alan died on October 21, 1973 at the age of 79 having made his own way to the top.
Bottom: Toc H - Turner Hughes - sits on the fuselage coaming of one of the National Aviation Day Tigers, possibly G-ABUL. His handling of this aircraft had to be seen to be believed.
Cobham's Handley Page Clive G-ABYX about to touch down with an Airspeed Ferry in close pursuit. Half a dozen joyriding customers watch with nervous anticipation!