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GLASSHOUSE FARM: Aviation Week venue (Aka COMBE DOWN)
Location: Roughly 2nm S of Bath city centre
NOTES: Here again I have Mr Tim Hill to thank for this information. This is quoted from the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 25th May 1912.
"There is every prospect of a record attendance at the Combe Down flying ground yesterday. Thursday held fine, and four or five thousand in the field and double the number on the ground outside saw excellent exhibitions by Mr Grahame White, Mr B. C. Hucks and Mr W.H. Ewen. The last named was especially considerate of those who had paid their entrance fees, for after his flight he demonstrated the ease with which his Caudron biplane can be manipulated after landing. He returned to Hendon on Thursday night by train, and Mr Hucks will be left to interest the crowd until the arrival of Mr Gustave Hamel."
In those days all pilots were the equivalent of major 'rock stars', but Gustave Hamel was the 'Star turn'. It now appears he promised his intention to make an attempt at the world record altitude whilst at this meeting in Bath. Presumably he didn't achieve it, but the draw for the event must have been considerable. We must of course remember that in those days very few people had seen an aeroplane, let alone in flight. Quite probably they'd never seen a balloon either, although these had been flying in the UK for over a century.
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