As a young child I became interested in aircraft. My earliest aircraft memory is of the Armstrong-Whitworth flying wing aircraft passing over Rugby. The Armstrong-Whitworth factory was at Baginton, Coventry.
Other memories from living in Rugby that come to mind are:
- A DC-3 flying low with one engine cut and propeller feathered.
- A giant Convair B-36, powered by six piston engines plus four jet engines, also flying impressively low.
- A formation trio of Miles aircraft – including a Miles Gemini (owned by a Coventry butcher), and a Miles Messenger, with the unusual triple fin and rudder empennage [the tail, or tail assembly] arrangement.
Surveying the M1
In the early 1960s the one and only Reid & Sigrist Desford light twin was seen flying around. It had been originally proposed as a new trainer for the RAF but the type was never adopted for service. Carrying the civilian registry G-AGOS it was for a time employed in photography / surveying in connection with the new M1 motorway, then under construction.
I was in the Royal Observer Corps back then. The origin terminus of the M1, Crick roundabout, was overlooked by our ROC monitoring post at Crick.