Sunday, 5 September 2010

Wings over Stonehenge - 1910

Wings over Stonehenge - 1910 "Autumn Manoeuvres" Centenary Walks
Walk in the slipstream of pioneer aviators Captain Bertram Dickson, the actor Robbie Loraine and Lieutenant Lancelot Gibbs.  See where their Bristol Boxkites and Bleriot were based when they flew the first "aerial scouting" sorties for the Army's Autumn Manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain in 1910.  The results from these sorties galvanised the Army into ordering its first aeroplanes and led to the foundation of the Royal Flying Corps and hence the Royal Air Force.  These walks will cover how aviation developed on Larkhill from 1908 to 1914 and how military aviation "took-off" around Stonehenge from 1914 to 1918.  These walks are brought to life with contemporary photographs and maps, and include viewing the early hangars and crash sites.
Meet: by Woodhenge at 11:00 on Saturday 25 September and Sunday 26 September 2010.
Duration: About 3 hours.
Cost: £3 for NT members and £5 for non-members.
Bring: Refreshments/picnic; Walking Shoes or Boots, and Rainware if the forecast is inclement."
Places on these walks must be pre-booked either with me at my e-mail address (or 01722 782380) or at 
Regards, Ted Mustard
Ted will be one of our speakers for the Sci-Tech Group on 25th October 2010.  His talk concerns Aviation History.

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