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Balloon Disaster in Rugby 1928
In 1928 a tragedy occurred in Rugby when a balloon being piloted by Percival Spencer crash landed on No. 4 Hillmorton Road. This was a Rugby School boarding house run by the Rev. J.M. ...
Sir Frank Whittle, Inventor of the Jet Engine
Frank Whittle was born in Earlsdon, Coventry, in 1907. His family moved to Leamington Spa where he attended Milverton School and then Leamington College for Boys. He worked in his ...
The R101 Airship Passes Hillmorton, Bilton and Wolston
The story of R101 is one of the great disasters in British aviation history. A flagship for Britain’s airship programme, intended to make the Empire more accessible, the ship met ...
A Wellington Bomber Crashes near Compton Verney
I have shared a picture of my Great Uncle Michael Joseph Stewart Kerby / Stewart Michael Kerby, along with the report of his death. During World War Two he was ...
Frank Whittle, Returning to Leamington Schooldays
Frank Whittle’s achievements in both inventing and developing the jet engine are well-known and well-documented. Indeed, it is not unreasonable to call him one of Warwickshire’s more famous sons, especially ...
The 'Flying Wing' Crashes
It isn’t often that folk in rural Warwickshire are witness to a plane crash and an event of historical significance but my late parents were. On a sunny Monday morning ...
The London to Manchester Air Race
Drama! Excitement! Derring-do! We take air travel pretty much for-granted nowadays, but it’s not so long since the exploits of magnificent men in their flying machines could capture the public’s imagination. ...
The photo of the planes was taken by my Dad in September 1963, and I’ve also attached the programme of the actual day. The aircraft pictured are left to right: ...
Early Aviator at Barford Fete
This flight took place at the Barford Primrose League Fete and Flower Show in July 1912. The fete was held in the fields by the river Avon in conjunction with ...
Working at Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft (AWA)
I left the Fleet Air Arm after 12 years in 1960 and joined AWA in July of that year working as an instrument technician in the instrument test lab under ...
Aircraft Seen Over Rugby in the 1950s and 1960s
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 ...
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