Flying at Hendon is a pictorial Record of the early aviation and growth of The Hendon Aerodrome. There are 31 pages of photo's and descriptions showing aviators
( Graham White, Gustav Havel and S. Cody are just a few) , aeroplanes and the crowds that would make up race days and the early progression of this new form of travel.
A4 Landscape Paper back.
Flying really began at Hendon in 1910, less than seven years after the Wright Brothers made the first powered flight in December, 1903.
In 1910, the Daily
Mail offered a prize of £10,000 for a flight from London to Manchester. In April of that year the French flier Louis Paulhan took off from Hendon and won the prize. His rival in the race, an Englishman, Claude Grahame-White flew from Wormwood Scrubs and although Paulhan won the race the honours were divided equally, for in an attempt to regain lost time, Grahame-White took off an hour before dawn on April 28th, 1910 and so became one of the first men to fly at night. Both Grahame-White and Paulhan flew Farman
biplanes, with their multitude of struts and wire bracing; these were aptly nick-named box-kites. They were fragile machines, the pilot sat in an unprotected bucket seat, with his feet on the rudder bar.
The engine at his back was a 50 h.p. Gnome driving a "pusher" propeller. A few months after the London to Manchester race Claude Grahame-White acquired 207 acres of pasture land at Hendon to start what he called The London Aerodrome'. He persuaded M. Louis Bleriot (of Channel crossing fame) to join him in his aviation activities at Hendon and start a flying
to the UK
to Europe Airmail
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