Early Aviation, Part I

Early Aviation, Part I

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Hanworth Aerodrome, Hanworth Air Park, London Air Park










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Campbell Family Collection


Campbell family, Fiona Campbell Hicks

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As the titles suggests, this clips takes place at Hanworth Aerodrome, a pioneering centre of aviation situated in Feltham, and later renamed to London Air Park, the first airport in Middlesex. It is possible that John Dermot Campbell, a great aviation enthusiast, has made the trip to the aerodrome in 1930 for flying lessons or a flying club session.

The plane featured in this clip is DH.60X Moth [Cirrus III], a 1920’s British two-seat touring and training aircraft that was developed into a series of aircrafts by the de Havilland Aircraft company. G-AAPA was the first registration of a batch of ten DH.60X Moths that were "block booked" by De Havilland aircraft on 15.8.29. All were initially registered to National Flying Services Ltd., Hanworth, Middlesex.   

This is one of a series of clips from the Campbell Collection about gliding and aviation.

The film was probably shot by John Dermot Campbell and it is part of the Campbell Family Collection.  


Hanworth Park was purchased in 1916 to be used as a civil airfield and testing site for aeroplanes during the First World War, opening for operations in 1917 it became known as Hanworth Aerodrome and was the first airport in Middlesex.  In 1917 the aerodrome was officially designated an Aircraft Acceptance Park, a location where aircraft were finally assembled and tested before delivery to RFC squadrons, and in the same year the Whitehead Flying School was set up.

In 1928 National Flying Services Ltd was formed, in response to a call for a central organisation to co-ordinate a national network of flying clubs and aerodromes, and the Hanworth Park was developed as a functional aerodrome changing its name to London Air Park. In 1930 National Flying Services started operating Desoutters for air-taxi and charter work. Flying clubs based at the London Air Park at the time were The Hanworth Club and London Air Park Flying Club.


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