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England's heritage from the air

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Spirit of St Louis EPW018121 Featured Aerial Views Image

Spirit of St Louis EPW018121

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St Louis coming in to land at Croydon Aerodrome, 29th May 1927 having flown in from Brussels. Lindbergh had made his record-breaking single-handed flight across the Atlantic only nine days before. After landing he made an additional five minute demonstration flight circling the aerodrome. According to Lindbergh's flight log: "Took off before end of landing roll to avoid injuring crowd, which broke through police lines. Stabilizer damaged by pressure of crowd. Repaired at Croydon". This aerial photograph is well positioned to show the crowds watching his descent. From Croydon Lindbergh flew to Gosport where the Spirit of St Louis was disassembled and packed aboard a US cruiser for its trip home to the United States. From a copy negative. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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Aerial photography 1919 AFL03_aerofilms_c12930 Featured Aerial Views Image

Aerial photography 1919 AFL03_aerofilms_c12930

"Wills, Shaw and Friese-Greene Ready to Film". A publicity shot for the foundation of the Aerofilms aerial photography company taken at the London Aerodrome, Hendon. Francis Lewis Wills was a former Royal Naval Air Service Observer and co-founder of Aerofilms. Claude Friese-Greene, holding the cine-camera, was technical director for Aerofilms in its early days, but is best known as a pioneering cinematographer. We know very little about Shaw, the pilot, probably an AirCo employee. K-109 was a biplane built and owned by AirCo - in 1920 the company was taken over by De Haviland and this model became the DH9b. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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Trafalgar Square 21760_02 Featured Aerial Views Image

Trafalgar Square 21760_02

TRAFALGAR SQUARE, Westminster, London. Aerial view. The Battle of Trafalgar took place in 1805 and destroyed Napoleon's hopes of invading Britain. The square was planned in the 1820s but was not named after the battle until 1830. The fountains were fed by an artesian well until the late 19th century, but are now fed from the mains and powered by electricity. The square has seen many political rallies, as well as being the scene of boisterous celebrations and outpourings of national pride on New Years Eve and major football matches

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