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Denys Corbett Wilson who flew his aeroplane from the clifftop at Highcliffe on the 18th June 1913.Born in Surrey on 24th Sept 1882, he held French licence No.722. He was killed in action at Fournes on the 10th May 1915.
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Francis Fisher.The man responsible for the evolution of Christchurch Airfield from a collection of small strips into a proper airfield and airport in the mid 30s.
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Alan Cobham, who with his National Aviation Day displays possibly did more to encourage aviation in the UK than any other person.Vice-president of the Bournemouth Flying Club in 1938.
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Roderick Farquarson,member of the Bournemouth Flying Club circa 1938.
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Walter Coates,member of the Bournemouth Flying Club circa 1938.
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Col.Robert Delashaw . 405 FG, USAAF
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Col James Ferguson 405FG USAAF
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Lt John W Drummond ,510FS,405FG USAAF
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Capt. William B Taylor,405FG USAAF
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Capt.Bruce F Parcell,405FG USAAF
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Lt.Howard I Price.405FG USAAF
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Lt Marvin E Leinweber.405FG USAAF
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Lt Paul R Ellison.405FG USAAF
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Lt Walter R Davis.405FG USAAF
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Lt Leon C Sparkman.405FG USAAF
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Lt Boleslaw Kociencki.405FG USAAF
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Lt Ralph E Hinckley.405FG USAAF
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John Pothecary, CFS Christchurch Aero Club
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Tom Marshall,one of the founders of Christchurch Aero Club
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Ron Hayter, instructor at Christchurch Aero Club and later CO of 622GS.
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Ron Clear, Airspeed test pilot ,joined Airspeed and became a test pilot in the late Thirties. Spent much time test flying the Horsa. Also flew the Ambassador and was also at the controls when AS.57 production prototype G-ALFR shed its engines at Christchurch on 13 November 1950. He retired from test flying in 1980.
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George Errington, Airspeed test pilot
Joined Airspeed in 1934 as an inspector at Heston.Later became a test pilot and then chief test pilot from 1935 till the company was absorbed into de Havillands. His notable test flights from Christchurch included the AS.51 Horsa (DG597) and the AS.57 Ambassador (G-AGUA). He was killed in 1966 in the crash of the HS.121 Trident G-ARPY.The aircraft entered a superstall and crashed near the village of Felthorpe in Norfolk killing all four crew.
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Lt Cdr Jock Elliot(1921-1975) ,Airspeed/DH...Sea Vixen test pilot.He joined DH in 1954 and became the Chief test pilot at Christchurch>He was at the controls for the first flight of the Sea Vixen (XF828) on 20th July 1955.
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W A Tamblin , Airspeed/DH chief designer at Christchurch.
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John Cunningham(1917-2002) , DH chief test pilot, Airspeed. Joined DH in 1938 but spent WW2 in the RAF.Returned to DH in 1946 and became cheif test pilot in 1946.
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Brian Field , Airspeed test pilot during WW2:was a test pilot with Airspeeds during the war years. The picture above shows him in the Flight Office at Christchurch(Photo Bernard Stokes via John Havers Collection). In March 1940 he accompanied three Airspeed Oxford Mk Is (P1984, P1993 and P2002)delivered to Iran where they were assembled and test flown .Later he spent time testing Horsas.
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