On this day in Yorkshire 1930

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Yorkshire Air Pageant at Sherburn-in-Elmet

The development of interest in flying, and also, one gathers, the greater publicity given to the actual event, led to a record gathering at Sherburn-in-Elmet on Saturday for the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club’s Pageant, organised in connection with National Flying Services, Ltd., with which the Club is now associated.

The narrow roads that converge upon Sherburn were filled with motor vehicles during the greater part of the afternoon, and experience suggests that those who intend to see the whole of the programme at the next pageant, to be held shortly, should be early on the road; also, that the motor bus companies under-estimated the number of people who desired to travel from such centres as Leeds.

Upwards of 30 aeroplanes were gathered the aerodrome, a number them belonging to private owners.

Among these were Lady Bailey, who flew direct from London in her silver Moth: Miss Winifred Brown, of the Lancashire Aero Club, who scorned the usual leather equipment of the flier during part of the afternoon, and appeared in a neat black costume.

Miss Winifred Spooner, of the Reading Club, a strenuous flier, who is also no stranger to Sherburn: and three members of the Yorkshire Club, Mr. G. A. Ambler, of Bradford, in his own Gipsy Moth, Mr. Ivo Thomson, of York, who flew the Gipsy Moth coupe of Mr. G. D. Mallinson. of Brighouse, and Mr. A. C. Pollock, of Huddersfield, in his Gipsy Moth coupe.

The parade and fly-past displayed various types aircraft, with Lady Bailey in her Gipsy Moth; Flying-Officer H. A. Love in a Desoutter cabin monoplane; Mr. Hanstock in a Westland Widgeon; Flight-Lieutenant H. M. Schofield in a Cirrus Moth; Captain Norman Blackburn in Blackburn Bluebird : Miss Brown in her Avro Avian; and Flight-Lieutenant Stockbridge in a Blackburn Dart.

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