Berkshire Aviation Co / Berkshire Aviation Tours Ltd / Aviation Tours Ltd / Northern Air Lines 


Based in East Hanney, nr Wantage; Ford; Witney; Hanworth, 1919-1929

 Joy-rides took place all over the Midlands and the Home Counties, and the machines were overhauled in a barn near East Hanney during the winter.

Feb 1930: "Northern Air Lines, whose directors are Mr. F. J. V. Holmes and J. F. Leeming, are acting as managers for the Manchester Corporation, and Mr. W. Ledlie is the manager on the spot.

Berkshire Aviation Tours, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Northern Air Lines, probably holds the largest stock of "Avros" and Le Rhone 110 h.p. engines in the country, and they deal solely with joyriding."

"Britain's first aerial touring joyriding company"


- Alan Cobham;

 Fred J V Holmes;

- J D V 'Jack' Holmes

- Capt F G M Sparks

- O P Jones


Pat O'Hara (parachutist)


- 1919 Avro 536 G-EAKN which crashed nr Brill Aug 1924;

- 1919 Avro 504K G-EAKX;

- 1920 Avro 504K G-EASF;

- 1924 Avro 504K G-EBKB;

- 1925 Avro 504K G-EBKX which crashed Lancs Jul 1934;

- 1926 Avro 504K G-EBOB;

- 1927 Avro 504K G-EBQR ex-Western Aviation Co Ltd;

- 1927 Avro 504K G-EBSL which crashed May 1932;

- 1927 Avro 504K G-EBSM;

- 1928 Avro 504K G-EBVW which was dismantled Hootoon Dec 1931;

- 1928 Avro 504K G-EBXV;

- 1928 Avro 504K G-EBYW;

- 1932 D.H. 83 Fox Moth G-ABUP which crashed Scunthorpe Aug 1933

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