British Empire Air Display (Tom Campbell Black) (1936)

[1936 - Tom was killed on the 19th September]

 

Displays for 1936

"What a programme! No fewer than twenty-one items are planned for the enjoyment and interest of the great crowd who should on no account miss this superb flying show.  

Visitors to British Empire Air Displays will enjoy thrill after thrill as each event, more exciting (if possible) than the last, comes to a climax"

 

 [I say, steady on...]

 

THE FLYING "CHAIN GANG." The opening will celebrated by an aerial parade of the entire fleet of 'planes—an exhibition in itself. Then will follow items such as an air race over a triangular course—in which the Spectators will be invited to take part as passengers and for which there are valuable prizes to be won—then an amazing exhibition of formation flying in unison. In this event three machines—roped together, if weather permits—will loop, roll, dive and climb with uncanny precision.

LEAP YEAR PARACHUTE RACE. Other features will include a novel demonstration of slow and up-side-down flying, advanced aerobatics, an amusing game of aerial skittles and other humorour stunts, a real surprise item and a topical Leap Year parachute race! Imagine the excitement as three 'planes climb into the sky to discharge their loads— intrepid parachutists who will hurtle earthwards at 115 miles per hour—and one's a girl.

THE FLYING FLEA. But this is not all. Every year aviation advances with remarkable rapidity. Ever abreast the times, the organisers of the British Empire Air Displays have secured the services of Mr. R. Doig, the well-known pilot, to demonstrate the machine designed for the "little man"—The Flying Flea, the cheapest aeroplane on the market, an ideal machine for the owner-pilot of limited means. All those who contemplate taking up flying will do well to visit the ground especially to watch closely how easily the Flying Flea can be handled. The public will be able to obtain valuable practical information about the latest development in popular aviation. 

Pauline Gower and Dorothy Spicer were heavily involved giving joyrides (with a break in the middle after Pauline's accident).

 

British Empire Air Display Coupon Half-Price entry on the 16th July! (please note, this offer has now expired)

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su

April

   

8

Luton

9

Bedford

10

Oxford

11

Sywell

12

Peterborough

13

Sheffield

14

Doncaster

15

16

17

Newark

18

Leamington

19

Wolverhampton

20

Runcorn

21

Heywood

22

Staffrord

23

Shrewsbury

24

Kidderminster

25

Walsall

26

Newcastle under Lyme

27

Stone

28

Chester

29

Wrexham

30

Warrington

     
May
       

1

Hereford

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2

 Belper

(Sandyford Farm)

3

4

Redditch

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5

Ross-on-Wye

6

7

Winchester

8

Maidenhead

9

Basingstoke

10

Coventry

11 12 13 14   15 16  17 
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 

25

Tamworth

26 27 28 29 30 31 
June
 1

Newcastle on Tyne

Lanark

Carlisle

Stranraer

Penicuik

10  11  12 

13 

MacMerry

14 

Renfrew

15 

Cockermouth

16 

17 

Ripon

18 

Bridlington

19 

Skegness

20 

Gainsborough

21 

Leeds

22 

Huntingdon

23 

Sheerness

24 

Tonbridge Wells

(Old Barn, Hildenborough)

25 

Gravesend

26 

Pulborough

 27

Maidstone

 28

Abridge

29

30 

Royston

         
July
   

 1

Chelmsford

Cambridge

Burton on Trent

York

Dewsbury

Faringdon

Swindon

Minehead

10 

Bridgwater

11 

Salisbury

12 

Eastbourne

13 

Bognor

14 

Worthing

15 

Fareham

16 

Uckfield

17 

Lingfield

18 

19 

Dartford

20 

21 

Stratford

22 

Evesham

23 

24

Ammanford 

25 

Cardiff

26 

Porthcawl

27 

Aberystwyth

28 

Holyhead

29 

Caernarfon

30

Llandudno

31 

Loughborough

   
August
         

1

Goole

Sherburn

Yarmouth

Yarmouth

Ipswich

St Albans

Deal

Ramsgate

10 

Rye

11 

Bognor

12 

13 

Newbury

14 

Derby

(Stenson)

BEAD Stenson 1936-08-14

15 

Stoke on Trent

16 

Newton

17 

Southport

18 

Barrow

19 

20 

Hawick

21 

Kelso

22 

Edinburgh

23 

Renfrew

24 

Falkirk

25 

Stirling

26 

Kirkcaldy

27 

Anstruther

28 

St Andrews

29 

Perth

30

Aberdeen 

31

Frazerborough

           
September
 

 1

Lossiemouth

4

5

Sheffield

6

Birmingham


2 May: "PILOT'S DEATH CRASH Third of Four Brothers to Lose His Life A pilot, Captain Walter Oliver Cadic (27) of Chalk, Gravesend, Kent, was killed yesterday during an air display in Hereford. Cadic was flying solo in an eight horse power 'plane when his machine crashed. Hundreds of people saw the accident. No-one else was injured. The machine which Captain Cadic was piloting was have been used the first 'plane for a flying club which it has been suggested should be started in Hereford.

A witness of the accident told our reporter ''The engine of the machine seemed to dry up, and then the 'plane went into a spin. We thought it was part of the display to show how it could manoeuvre, but then, to our horror, it crashed." Mrs Campbell Black told a reporter in London that, according to a message she had received from her husband, who saw the accident, the machine was not connected with the display, but was one which the pilot had been given permission to borrow for a flight.

Cadic was the third son of Colonel and Mrs S. Cadic, of Manor House, Chalk, Gravesend, to lose his life. Two of his brothers were killed during the Great War and Major S. Cadic is the only surviving son. Mr Cadic was unmarried. "


5 May: "FLYING FLEA CRASH Flight-Lieutenant A. M. Cowell was killed when the Flying Flea which he was piloting crashed at Penshurst, Kent, yesterday. A witness of the crash said to a ' Press and Mirror' reporter: "I was on Penshurst Station watching the little 'plane. It seemed to be going well, and had gone up a few hundred feet when it nose-dived. It went down like a plummet, but did not burst into flames." Flight-Lieutenant Cowell was 27, and was formerly in the Royal Air Force in India. had acted as a test pilot for the Air League of the British Empire. Before joining the League he was with Sir Alan Cobham's " circus." He was married and lived in London. The machine was undergoing its final test prior to going on tour with the British Empire Air Display* "

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