BATH FARM: Temporary aerodrome
Operated by: Sir Alan Cobham's National Aviation Day No.2 Tour
Location: Just NE of Ormskirk town centre
Period of operation: 10th September 1935
A MICHAEL T HOLDER GALLERY
We have Mike Holder, a great friend of this 'Guide', to thank for providing the maps and articles.
Article One was published in the Ormskirk Advertiser on the 5th September 1935.
The short article was published in the Liverpool Daily Post on the 11th September 1935. Article Two was published in the Ormskirk Advertiser on the 12th September 1935.
ANOTHER ITEM OF INTEREST
Mr Graham Frost, another great friend of this 'Guide', tells us about the Airco DH.6 G-AARN (ex B2868), which was presumably in store for many years? It appears to have been first registered to Mr W C Dickinson on the 29th September 1929 but scrapped in late 1933. The official register states that is was based at Ormskirk, and the owners address was New By-Pass Road, Ormskirk, which is now the A59.
If anybody can kindly offer advice and information, this will be much appreciated.
The picture of the Airco DH.6 was kindly provided by Mike Holder c/o the BAE Systems archive. The local area and area views are from my Google Earth © derived database.
NOTES: Sir Alan Cobham's NAD tour in 1935 was the last, the first tour being in 1932. It commenced at TITCHFIELD ROAD, Fareham in Hampshire on the 12th April. 72 venues were planned to be visited before it split into two tours on the 1st July. The No.1 started at PENSHURST aerodrome, Tonbridge in Kent and was intended to visit 88 venues before terminating at PHOENIX FARM, Bagdon Hill near Dorking in Surrey on the 29th September.
The No.2 Tour began at the OLD RACECOURSE at Portholme Meadow near Huntingdon, (then in HUNTINGDONSHIRE), also on the 1st July, with 84 venues planned. ORMSKIRK was the 66th venue and it is clear from the reports above that the Tour was at times a bit raggedly. But, it does appear that they by and large managed to perform most displays, in not exactly on time, still on the published date.
Which, when you consider the hugely unpredictable, capricious and often highly volatile weather we have, (nothing has changed over the last hundred years at least with our septic Isle jutting out into the Atlantic), seems a remarkable achievement by those airmen. No radios, no nav aids, having to keep mostly clear of clouds, especially those vast areas of low level crap that mother nature delights in sending our way all year round.
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