Lot Of 10 Early Aviation Magazines British Flight Wright Bros. Bleriot 1909 1911 For Sale
Lot of 10 early Aviation magazines:
first aero weekly in the world official organ of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.
Royal Aero Club (Great Britain) - this group 1909 - 1911.
Nice group of 10 early issues of "Flight: First Aero Weekly in the World." These are in the original printed cover wrappers -- which show some chipping and handling wear - but the issues are complete and internally clean -- Good to Very Good, and fairly scarce.
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Royal Aero Club
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The Royal Aero Club (RAeC) is the national co-ordinating body for Air Sport in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1901 as the Aero Club of Great Britain, being granted the title of the "Royal Aero Club" in 1910.
2 First aviator certificates
3 Air races and awards
3.1 Air races
3.2 Britannia Trophy
4 See also
6 External links
The Aero Club was founded in 1901 by Frank Hedges Butler, his daughter Vera and the Hon Charles Rolls (one of the founders of Rolls-Royce), partly inspired by the Aero Club of France. It was initially concerned more with ballooning but after the demonstrations of heavier-than air flight made by the Wright Brothers in France in 1908, it embraced the aeroplane.
The original club constitution declared that it was dedicated to 'the
encouragement of aero auto-mobilism and ballooning as a sport.' As
originally founded, it was primarily a London gentlemen's club, but gradually moved on to a more regulatory role. It had a clubhouse at 119 Piccadilly, which it retained until 1961.
In 1909 the Club was granted the Royal prefix. From 1910 the Club
issued Aviators Certificates, which were internationally recognised
under the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
(the FAI) to which the club was the UK representative. The Club is
responsible for control in the UK of all private and sporting flying, as
well as for records and competitions.
Mussell Manor – the birthplace and cradle of British aviation
The Club established its first flying ground on a stretch of marshland at Shellbeach near Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey
in early 1909. A nearby farmhouse, Mussell Manor (now called Muswell
Manor) became the flying groud clubhouse, and club members could
construct their own sheds to accommodate their aircraft. Among the first
occupants of the ground were Short Brothers. Two of the brothers, Eustace and Oswald
had previously made balloons for Aero Club members, and been appointed
the official engineers of the Aero Club: they had enlisted the their
eldest brother, Horace, when they decided to begin constructing
heavier-than air aircraft. They acquired a Wright license to build
copies of the Wright aircraft, and set up the first aircraft production line in the world at Leysdown.
On 1 May 1909 John Moore-Brabazon (later Lord Brabazon of Tara) made a flight of 500 yards in his Voisin at Shellbeach. This is officially recognised as the first flight by a British pilot in Britain.
The same week the Wright brothers visited the Aero Club flying ground
at Shellbeach. After inspecting the Short Brothers' factory, a
photograph was taken outside Mussell Manor of the Wright Brothers with
all of the early British aviation pioneers to commemorate their visit to
On 30 October Moore-Brabazon was also the first to cover a mile (closed circuit) in a British aeroplane, flying the Short Biplane No.2, and so winning a prize of £1000 offered by the Daily Mail newspaper.
On 4 November 1909, he decided to take up a passenger, a piglet, which
he named Icarus the Second, thereby debunking the old adage that pigs
It moved the next year to nearby Eastchurch, where the Royal Navy had established a flying school.
Until 1911 the British Military
did not have any pilot training facilities. As a result most early
military pilots were trained by members of the club and many became
members. By the end of the First World War, more than 6,300 military
pilots had taken RAeC Aviator's Certificates.
After the loss of its Piccadilly clubhouse in 1961, the club was unhappily lodged in the Lansdowne Club at 9 Fitzmaurice Place until 1968. It then moved for a short spell to the Junior Carlton Club's modern building at 94 Pall Mall, before moving on to the United Service Club's building at 116 Pall Mall. By 1977, the club was homeless, and it merged to become part of the British Gliding Association.
Today the Royal Aero Club continues to be the national governing and
coordinating body of air sport and recreational flying. The governing
bodies of the various forms of sporting aviation are all members of the
Royal Aero Club, which is the UK governing body for international
sporting purposes. The Royal Aero Club also acts to support and protect
the rights of recreational pilots in the context of national and
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