Note: This map only shows the position of Eltham within the UK. A look at a modern map shows several parks in the vicinity which might have been used. If anybody can kindly offer advice, this will be much appreciated.
ELTHAM: Temporary aerodome
Note: This first picture from Mrs C Poole, and the next two, were scanned from the book Cornwall Aviaton Company by Ted Chapman published in 1979. The caption states, from left to right, that these aircraft were G-EBSE, G-EBIZ and G-EBNR.
The second picture is from D.W. Philips: The caption reads; "April 11th. 1928. The Mayor of Woolwich, Councillor G.H. Langham, looks apprehensive as Captain Philips prepares to take him for a flight from the flying field at Eltham Road, Eltham. The Town Clerk, Sir Arthur Bryceson, standing at the bottom of the steps, dutifully went with him. A banner advertising flying can be seen on the left. At this date the rear cockpit had not been enlarged."
The third picture is also from D.W. Philips: The caption reads; "G-EBIZ taking off from Eltham with the Mayor of Woolwich aboard. Business seems very slack unless there were crowds at the other end of the field. The flight was of 12 minutes surveying the 9,000 acre borough from a height of 1,500 feet. Banners advertising flying can be seen overr the gates."
G-EBIZ was Captain Philips favourite Avro 504K, and he flew it for many years.
Operated by: Cornwall Aviation Company
Note: Eltham is roughly 7nm SE of the City of London, S of the A2
Period of operation: Early 1928 only?
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