Getting Ready for a Flight

Getting Ready for a Flight

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Hanworth Aerodrome, Hanworth Air Park, Hanworth Park House





01min 04sec





black and white


Campbell Family Collection


Campbell family, Fiona Campbell Hicks

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Opening shots of the film feature Pat Campbell looking very chic with waved hair, wearing trousers with creases, shirt and a tie (an outfit not very common for a woman at the time), as she stands on a balcony of the Hanworth Park House. The house served as a country club and hotel for members of Aircraft Exchange and Mart who owned the park which had been converted into an airfield. The rest of the clip follows John Dermot Campbell as he gets dressed in warm clothes and a leather aviator cap for a flight on a two-seater bi-plane on a foggy day. The second part of the clip was most likely shot at the Hanworth Aerodrome. Hanworth Aerodrome was a civil aerodrome also known as Feltham Aerodrome but from late 1920’s it became officially known as London Air Park.

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

The film was probably shot by John Dermot and Pat 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.

The clip's title comes from notes that accompanied the film cans. 


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