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Flying Boat JRU01_01_109 Featured Aircraft Image

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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Manchester Ringway Airport DAC01_01_008 Featured Aircraft Image

Manchester Ringway Airport DAC01_01_008

Manchester Ringway Airport. The opening ceremony in 1938. This image shows dignitaries examining the brand new state of the art airport facilities and a striking metal-bodied DC2 airliner in KLM colours - the first airline to serve Manchester Ringway. Construction was started in 1935 to accomodate the larger airliners that KLM were proposing to use on this new route from Holland to the north of England. DC2s had 14 seats

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Spirit of St Louis EPW018121 Featured Aircraft 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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