Wing Commander Harold Blackburn MC AFC

Sunday 27th January 2019 at 14.30hrs:

“Builder, tester, racer, fighter:

Wing Commander Harold Blackburn MC AFC

by Mike Hallett

Wing Commander Harold Blackburn MC AFC (19 January 1879 – 29 April 1959) was a true British aviation pioneer who was twice decorated for gallantry during WWI.

During his career he was an aircraft builder, test pilot, instructor, and racer. On 22 July 1914 he piloted the first scheduled airline service in Great Britain.

Upon the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Harold joined the Royal Flying Corps flying combat in France that same year. November 1915 saw him defending the Suez Canal from Turkish invasion. Harold also helped to design a new bomb sight and saw further service in Egypt, England and France. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was mentioned in despatches four times. Remaining in the Royal Air Force after the war, he retired in 1929 with the rank of Wing Commander.

Mike’s talk is a very personal look at his grandfather, who survived the pioneering age of flying from 1909 to 1929 without a scratch.

Admission to talk: £5.00 per person

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