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Alan Cobham visits Higham Ferrers

c1928 (l - r) Mr Parkin, Mr Bailey, Dick Powell, Kitty Bailey, Joe Powell, Walter Evans Powell (Policeman)
Queenie Powell, Rowland Powell, John Thorpe, E F Smith, ?, Alan Cobham and Butch Evans.

Photo kindly loaned by the Powell family

This photograph was taken when Alan Cobham brought one his aeroplanes to Higham Ferrers in about 1928.

Walter Evans Powell, the local policeman, took several of his children along to see the aeroplane, an Avro 504K. Another aircraft can just be seen behind sporting the logo of Surrey Flying Services.

Rushden Echo, 24th June 1921, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Avro Aeroplane, which has taken many Rushden people for flights over the town during the past week, attracted hundreds of spectators last evening, when the pilots did some hair-raising “stunts,” including side-slipping and loops. Two of the pilots walked the wings when at a great height.

Rushden Echo, 12th August 1927

An Aerodrome for Rushden? - A Vivid Peep in the Future
Sir Alan Cobham’s Request to All Local Authorities

Berlin to Rushden direct by air. Rushden boot manufacturers flying from their own town to make business calls on Paris manufacturers. These are possibilities of Sir Alan Cobham’s request to local authorities throughout the country as to what space is available. [part of a longer article]

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