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Old 19th Oct 2018, 22:28
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London-Melbourne 1934 Air Race ,won by CWA Scott and Tom Campbell Black,in 71 hrs,flying DH Comet G-ACSS `Grosvenor House `. Aircraft is now at Old Warden,,,
Race started at Mildenhall,
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Old 19th Oct 2018, 23:28
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If that's Tom Campbell-Black's original signature, might have some value?

Great thread, sad that there aren't that many more... I love a challenge; and to be educated!
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And, just in case it's not obvious to everyone, that's certainly a DH.88 Comet and presumably G-ACSS behind them as I guess the race was about to start.

The aircraft is airworthy at Old Warden, although with some substantial replacement components during the restoration some years ago. As it's now 84 years old that sounds pretty reasonable.

I've got a copy of "Scott's Book" around somewhere, written just after the race. An author he wasn't...
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'SS spent a short time in 'A' Shed at Farnborough during its restoration under the care of RAE apprentices; I wonder if Genghis was one of them?
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 10:34
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. . . from the inestimable "Flight Archive"

October 25, 1934 - FLIGHT
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Old 20th Oct 2018, 13:52
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Most interesting, thanks folks. Unfortunately, the original photograph went with other items after my father died.
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This should have been earlier as is the last of the Stinson pics, showing a delivery at Croydon for final assembly. Which docks were used I have no idea, could have been Southampton or Tilbury, all tied down with ropes!
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In the picture of the Stinson in a crate, there is a machine in the hanger visible under the vehicle. I have zoomed and adjusted the scan but no reg is visible. As to the type? Suggestions Welcome!
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Even the crate (and the lettering) is a thing of beauty!

Aircraft is either a Puss Moth or a Leopard Moth I'd say.
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DH 85 Leopard Moth. It's similar to the Puss Moth, but you'll notice that the undercarriage strut attaches just below the cockpit window level. The Puss Moth's is attached near the wing root.
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Splendid, thanks chaps. I agree, treadigraph, the crate is magnificent!
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I do not have the location or a date for these. Could be The Great Western Aerodrome, or heston or Croydon. They would have been significant for my Grandfather as he flew this type in WWI as RFC.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 09:12
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They are Avro Avian IVMs: 'CV was sold abroad in December '34. 'VM crashed in December '34, was rebuilt and eventually cancelled in December '46.

The Avian first flew in 1926.

Gas holder in background again suggests Heston.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Gas holder in background again suggests Heston.
As does the tower.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 13:01
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Hhmm, very interesting. I said that my Grandfather flew them but that's because they are listed (to me) as SE5a!! That said, he flew many types. I greatly appreciate the information.
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Heston airfield is long gone, of course, but the 1929 hangar in the second and third photos survives to this day:

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The M4 and services, I believe?
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The M4 and services, I believe?
The remaining hangar is on the industrial estate just to the south of the westbound M4 services (though not accessible from them, except on foot). You get to it via the original airport entrance, now named Aerodrome Way, off Cranford Lane.
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Now a small curiosity. My grandfather made a delivery trip to Vienna (type unknown) and sent this postcard to his parents in Oxted, Surry, dated 21st November 1938 in Wien.

"Had a great trip out to Vienna. New owner delighted with his new toy. Leave here Tuesday for Prague, hope to be home Wednesday. Love to you both, Brian."
He did not travel on the Hindenberg but, evidently, flew home from Prague to Croydon - any suggestions with which carrier and in what??


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He did not travel on the Hindenberg but, evidently, flew home from Prague to Croydon - any suggestions with which carrier and in what??
Could have been either CSA or CLS - both operated to Croydon and had a variety of types in their fleets in the mid/late 1930s: Fokker F.IX, Fokker F.VIIb, Douglas DC-2/DC-3, Savoia-Marchetti SM73.
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