Flying Boat JRU01_01_109
TOWER BRIDGE, TOWER HILL, TOWER HAMLETS, GREATER LONDON. A Short Sunderland flying boat on the River Thames at Tower Bridge, with the bridge in the background, during the Battle of Britain Week.
The Battle of Britain Week was an annual celebration by the Royal Air Force of the victory in September 1940. In 1951 it ran from 10th - 16th September, and included a fly-past over London on 15th September. The Short Sunderland was developed by Short Brothers as a flying boat and patrol bomber for the RAF, and was introduced in 1938. A Sunderland was shown on the River Thames every September in the 1950s as part of the Battle of Britain Week celebration, until the aircraft type was retired from the RAF in the late 1950s. In 1951, a Sunderland flying boat was moored on the River Thames opposite the Tower of London from 12th September
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Handley Page O-type biplane CC025293
A Handley Page O-type biplane in a field, Horndean, Hampshire. These aircraft saw service during the First World War, initially with the Royal Naval Air Service to operate against shipping in the North Sea and Eastern Mediterranean. An improved version entered service with the RAF in 1918-19, but after the war several entered civilian service as transport aircraft. Photographed between 1918 and 1930 for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. This was originally thought to be a Vickers Vimy but an eagle-eyed viewer spotted the misidentification - thank you!