Aircraft Seen Over Rugby in the 1950s and 1960s

The Reid & Sigrist R.S.4 Bobsleigh at Eastleigh, c. 1962-1964
Image courtesy of Tony Banham. Originally uploaded to https://www.1000aircraftphotos.com

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.

More from Aviation
More from Rugby