BEKESBOURNE: Military aerodrome later civil aerodrome (also known as CANTERBURY)
Military user: RFC/RAF (Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force)
Home Defence Flight Station and Squadron Station
51 [Home Defence) Sqdn (Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12?)
56 Sqdn (Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a)
Civil users: Between wars: Kent Gliding Club and The Kent Flying Club
Location: About 2.5 miles ESE of Canterbury
Period of operation: WW1: Military 1916 to 1919
Civil from 1920? to 1939
Site area: WW1: 98 acres 1061 x 411
FLYING CIRCUS VENUES
Venue (23rd May 1932) for Alan Cobham’s National Aviation Day UK Display Tour
Venue (20th April 1933) for Alan Cobham’s UK No.1 Tour
Venue (21st July 1933) for British Hospitals Air Pageant Tour of the UK
Venue (19th May 1936) for British Empire Air Display Tour of the UK
Venue (6th May 1937) for Coronation Air Displays Tour
Note: Although highly probable, I certainly can’t guarantee exactly the same site was used for all these venues. Even adjacent fields, let alone those nearby were sometimes used belonging to different farmers/land-owners.
*CANTERBURY aerodrome was listed as a waypoint for Geoffrey Stephenson's epic cross Channel glider flight, (the first UK glider to do so), from DUNSTABLE DOWNS to Le Wast near Boulogne on the 22nd April 1939. I assume this must be BEKESBOURNE especially as it was then the home of the Kent Gliding Club.
RodThis comment was written on: 2017-04-11 16:42:03
Hi - the exact location of Bekesbourne is 51°15'16.16"N 1° 9'22.61"E You will find Lysander Close, Aerodrome Road, and De Havillands just to the west of that point.
Reply from Dick Flute:
Hi Rod, Many thanks for the advice. Best regards, Dick
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