1932

(being) A complete list of Alan Cobham's 'National Aviation Day' displays, in the UK and South Africa, during 1932

Cobham 1932 - Martin Hearne
1932 crew in Glasgow: l to r: Flt Lt Rawson, Capt Eskell (manager), Capt Parkinson, F/O Curndall, Capt Lawson, Mr T Nash, Flt Lt Johnson, Mr Martin Hearn, F/O Turner Hughes, Capt Glover Martin Hearne thrills the crowd at Heston, on July 28th

 

  

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
April
 

12

- Launch -

Hanworth

13

Luton

14

Ashwell / Royston

(Morden Grange)

15

Bedford

(Cardington)

16

Ilford

(Goodmayes Park)

17

Hanworth

18

Basingstoke

(Old Gof Course)

19

Salisbury

(High Post)

20

Reading

(Woodley)

21

Maidenhead

(Stroud Farm)

22

Aylesbury

23

Walthamstow

(Low Farm)

24

Walthamstow

(Low Farm)

25

Leighton Buzzard

(Billington Rd)

26

Banbury

27

Kidderminster

(Hoo Farm)

28

Worcester

(Derdiswell Park)

29

Abingdon

(Black Horse Barn)

30

Stag Lane

 
May
           

1

Stag Lane

2

Swindon

3

Trowbridge

4

Wells

5

Frome

6

Cirencester

7

Gloucester

8

Gloucester

9

Walsall

10

Melton Mowbray

11

Derby

(Stenson Rd)

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12

Nottingham

13

Mansfield

14

Rugby

15

Enfield

16

Enfield

17

Romford

18

Chelmsford

19

Colchester

20

Biggin Hill

21

Maidstone

(W Mailing)

22

Maidstone

(W Mailing)

23

Canterbury

(Bekerbourne)

24

Dover

25

Chatham

(Star Farm)

26

Heston, postponed

and replaced by

Ilford

27

High Wycombe

(Marlow Hill)

28

Birmingham

(Northfield)

29

Birmingham

(Northfield)

30

Hereford

(Oldfield)

31

Llandrindod Wells

(Racecourse)

         
June
   

1

Cardiff

2

Cardiff

3

Porthcawl

4

Bristol

5

Bath

(Chapel Farm)

6

Bath

(Chapel Farm)

7

Welshpool

(Wernllwyd Farm)

8

Wrexham

(Borras Lodge)

9

Stoke-on-Trent

10

Manchester

11

Liverpool

12

Chester

(Cop House Farm)

 13

Stafford

14

Grantham

(Spittlegate Hill)

15

Boston

16

Doncaster

(Armthorpe)

17

Lincoln

(St John's Heath)

18

Bradford

19

Sherburn-in-Elmet

20

Leeds

 21

Skipton

22

Ripon

 23

Preston

 24

Lancaster

 25

Lancaster

26

Blackpool

27

Blackpool

 28

Whalley

 29

Kendal

 30

Carlisle

     
July
       

 1

Alnwick

 2

Newcastle

(Cramlington)

 3

Newcastle

(Cramlington)

 4

W Hartlepool

(Old Seaton)

5

Middlesborough

(Cargo Fleet Lane)

6

Bridlington

(East Leys Farm)

7

Scarborough

(Old Racecourse)

8

Sheffield

(Coast Aston)

9

Sheffield

(Coast Aston)

10

Barnsley

(Old Wombwell)

11

Goole

(Old Racecourse)

12

Skegness

(Aerodrome)

13

Kettering

(Flying Ground)

14

Leicester

(Desford)

15

Leamington Spa

(Flying Field)

16

Bletchley

(Fountain Hotel)

17

Coventry

(Whitley Abbey)

18

Market Harborough

(Cote Hill)

19

Peterborough

(Castor Hill)

20

Hunstanton

(Church Farm)

21

Thetford

(Lodge Farm)

22

Cromer

(Laurel Farm)

23

Norwich

(Mousehold)

24

Gt Yarmouth

(Wheatcroft Farm)

25

Ipswich

26

Clacton-on-Sea

27

Mertsham

(Alderstead Farm)

28

Heston

29

Herne Bay

(Parsonage Farm)

30

Deal

(Coldblow Farm)

31

Ramsgate

(Nethercourt)

August

 1

Ramsgate

(Nethercourt)

 2

Eastbourne

(Frowd's)

3

Eastbourne

(Frowd's)

 4

Horsham

(North Heath Farm)

 5

Reigate

(Rookery Farm)

 6

Brighton

(Shoreham)

 7

Brighton

(Shoreham)

8

Littlehampton

(Ford)

 9

Bognor

(Chalcraft Farm)

 10

Portsmouth

11

Southampton

12

Bournemouth

(Castle Lane)

13

Bournemouth

(Castle Lane)

14

Weymouth

(Chickerell)

 15

Teignmouth

(Little Haldon)

 16

Wadebridge

(Three Holes Cross)

 17

Camelford

 18

Camborne

(Home Farm)

19

Penzance

(Gt Rosevidney Farm)

 20

Plymouth

 21

Okehampton

 22

Bude

(Whalesborough)

 23

Ilfracombe

(W Stowland Farm)

24

Taunton

(Musgrove Farm)

 25

Weston-super-Mare

(Woodspring Priory)

 26

Evesham

(Pershore)

 27

Abergavenny

(Racecourse Farm)

28

Swaansea

29

Haverfordwest

 30

Aberayron

 31

Shrewsbury

       
September
     

 1

Bangor

 2

Rhyl

 3

Crewe

 4

Warrington

 5

St Annes

 6

Wigton

 7

Dumfries

 8

Edinburgh

(Kelso)

 9

Peebles

 10

Edinburgh

(Silverknowles)

 11

Edinburgh

(Silverknowles)

 12

Lanark

(Westbank Farm)

 13

Alloa

 14

Stirling

(Buckhaven)

 15

Anstruther

16

Haddington

 17

Glasgow

(Moorpark)

 18

Glasgow

(Moorpark)

 19

Falkirk

(West Mains Farm)

 20

St Andrews

(Balgove)

A 'composite' photograph, you'll be relieved to hear

 21

Perth

 22

Inverness

with Tiger Moth G-ABUL in the foreground

 23

Fraserburgh

 24

Aberdeen

 25

Dundee

 26

Dundee

 27

Montrose

 28

Arbroath

 29

Forfar

(Heatherstacks)

30

Kirkaldy & Buckhaven

   
October
         

 1

Edinburgh

(Costorphine)

 2

Berwick

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 3

Sunderland

 4

Dewsbury

 5

Harrogate

 6

Hull

 7

Bolsover

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 8

Sheffield

 9

Birmingham

 10

Wellingborough

 11

Cambridge

 12

Gravesend

 13

Dartford

 14

Sheerness

 15

Woolwich

 16

- Last of UK season -

Chingford

.......

South African Tour: 1 Dec - 18th Feb 1933; about 54 venues.

ref: http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?pid=S0259-01902009000100003&script=sci_arttext

December
     

1

CAPE TOWN

2

CAPE TOWN

3

CAPE TOWN

4

CAPE TOWN

5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23

24

BLOEMFONTEIN

'in wet, windy weather'

25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

May 11, Derby:

"Several of the "Derby Evening Telegraph" readers who enjoyed our free flights have written to the Editor expressing thanks. "I would like to say," writes one reader, "that if anyone is frightened of going up, there is nothing at all of which to be afraid. It is very similar to being in a motor-car. The only difference is when the machine lands and then you catch your breath a bit. But it's a great thrill."


October 2, Berwick:

"DESPITE CLERGY'S OPPOSITION Despite opposition from the clergy of Berwick, Sir Alan Cobham's air circus will visit the town on Sunday and give a display. The clergy's protest was to the effect that Sunday was not a suitable day, and that it would affect the attendances at church. The Mayor of Berwick, at the Town Council meeting, said, "I shall be on the flying ground after church. I do not think I shall go myself; I do not want to fly with anybody."

 


October 8, Nottingham:

"PLANE CRASHES AT RUFFORD. SIR ALAN'S "CIRCUS" PILOT ESCAPES. BOLSOVER DISPLAY. One of Sir Alan Cobham's air circus planes crashed near Rufford, yesterday, while on its way to take part in an aviation display arranged Sir Alan at Bolsover. The pilot, named Herne, escaped without injury, though the machine capsized. The accident occurred when the plane was taking off after a landing, and the engine and wings were considerably damaged."

 


Sir Alan Cobham in South Africa

"AIR CIRCUS FOR SOUTH AFRICA When Sir Alan Cobham leaves on November 4 for South Africa upon an organised tour, during which will visit 70 centres with a fleet of aeroplanes, he will carry among his equipment Osram valves, supplied by the General Electric Co., Ltd.

During the tour one of the 'planes will literally dance in the air to broadcast music picked up by the valves"

December 1932: "The outfit is  completed by a Public Address apparatus in its own van and a very comprehensive fleet of six-wheeled 2-1/2 ton Leyland lorries and Siddeley saloon cars to deal with all the equipment during the many moves from place to place."


17 Feb 1933: "DARING AIRMAN KILLED IN CRASH AT CAPETOWN. STUNTS IN GLOUCESTER Two airmen belonging to Sir Alan Cobham's air circus have been killed in a crash at Capetown airport. They were Captain H. Lawson and Mr. E. Ross. The two aeroplanes were stunting together over the airport, when one, piloted by Captain Lawson, crashed from a height of 3,000 feet. Captain Lawson was married only eight days ago to Miss Stella Parsons, a 21-years-old girl of Uitenhage. Their romance started when at Maritzburg when he took her up as passenger. Mr. Ross was the wireless expert.

Cool and Accomplished Pilot

Capt. Lawson was with Sir Alan Cobham's National Air Display at Partou Farm, Cheltenham-road, near Gloucester, on May 7  and 8 last year. He gave a most polished and daring exhibition of acrobatics. He flew upside down, executed a loop with the pilot the outside of the loop, one of the most difficult feats that is possible in the air, and slow rolls and turns without banking. He showed Gloucester that he was one of the most daring, cool, and accomplished stunt pilots that aviation has known."

Pilots:

- Sir Alan Cobham

- Fit. Lt. C. F. Turner-Hughes (aerobatics pilot)

- Fit. Lt. H. C. Johnson

- Fit. Lt. H. Lawson

- Fit. Lt.  A. H. C. Rawson (Autogiro),

- Mr. C. W. H. Bebb

- Mr. M.  Hearn

- Mr Louw (Vacuum Oil Co)

Parachutist:

- Mr. Ivor Price

Aeroplanes:

- 1931 D.H.66 Hercules G-ABMT 'City of Cape Town' (bought from Imperial  Airways, Ltd., and used for passenger flights);

- 1930 Cierva C.19 IV Autogiro G-ABGB (demonstrations and passenger flights);

- 1931 Armstrong-Whitworth A.W.16 G-ABKF (aerobatics);

and three Avro Tutors (chiefly for passenger aerobatics and trial lessons):

- 1932 Avro 621 Tutor G-ABZP belonging to National Aviation Displays Ltd;

- 1929 Avro 621 Tutor G-AARZ belonging to Avro;

- 1932 Avro 621 Tutor G-ABZR belonging to Avro

plus

- Avro Avian (Vacuum Oil Co) - presumably 1930 Avro 594 Avian IVm ZS-ABQ

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