Chronology Of The 1933 Houston Everest Flights
Headquarters of flight located at College of Aeronautical
Plan for flight to Mount Everest, submitted by
L. V. S. Blacker, considered by Council of Royal
Letter sent to Secretary of State for India by Council
of R.G.S., intimating that in their opinion the plan
is likely to produce valuable scientific results.
Air Ministry grant facilities at the Royal Aircraft
Establishment, R.A.F. School of Photography, and
Experimental Establishment, Martlesham.
Negotiations with Bristol Aeroplane Company for Pegasus engine. Lord Peel and
Colonel John Buchan join the Committee of the flight.
Official application made to India Office for permission
to fly across Nepal.
Air Survey Plan made with Geographical Section,
General Staff, War Office.
Colonel Etherton communicates with British Envoy
in Nepal, a former brother officer.
British Envoy at Khatmandu intimates the flight is
receiving sympathetic consideration from Nepalese
Arrangements made for use of Army Department's
landing-ground at Purnea.
Decided that type I.S.3 Pegasus engine be employed
for flight. . .
Lord Clydesdale joins the Committee and is later
Master of Sempill joins Committee.
India Office approached to grant exemption from
customs duties, to loan reserve pilot, and various
other ranks of R.A.F. in India.
Arrangements made for supply of petrol, oil, etc.
Special concessions accorded by P. & O. Steam Navigation Company. Negotiaions opened with Gaumont-British Picture
Corporation for filming expedition.
Governmen of Nepal sanctions flight.
Lad Houston approached by Lord Clydesdale to give financial support to expedition.
Lord Lytton and Wing Commander Orlebar join
India Office grant customs exemption.
Oxygen apparatus and heated clothing selected.
G.H.Q. of Expedition transferred to Grosvenor
House, W.1 (October 1932).
Selection of Eagle cameras and accessories made.
Westland PV.3. selected.
Negotiations for personnel, material, and insurance.
Lady Houston supports flight financially.
Pegasus engine ordered from Bristol.
Burnham joins Committee as Honorary
Air Commodore P.F.M. Fellowes appointed
chief executive officer.
Flight Lieutenant McIntyre appointed second pilot.
Defence Department, Irish Free State, offer two
suitable aeroplanes, gratis, complete with Jaguar
First acceptance test flight carried out at Yeovil.
Westland planes shipped to Karachi in s.s.Dalgoma.
Three Moth aeroplanes with executive officer and
pilots leave London.
Westland aeroplanes unloaded at Karachi.
Colonel P.T. Etherton visits Nepal.
From Karachi by air to Purnea. Inspection at Delhi
by H.E. the Viceroy.
APRIL 3rd 1933
First flight over Mount Everest.
Flight over Kangchenjunga.
Second flight over Mount Everest.