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The Houston Everest Expedition Gets Under Way
Six members of the Houston Mount Everest expedition left England by air on the morning of Thursday, February 16, Lt. Col. L. V. S. Blacker, the chief observer of the expedition, left Croydon by Imperial Airways for Karachi. Air Commodore and Mrs. Fellowes, the Marquis of Clydesdale, FIt Lt. D. F. McIntyre, Mr. C.H Hughes, the engineer, and Mr. Colston Shepherd, special correspondent of The Times, left Heston at 9.30 in three small aeroplanes. Lord Clydesdale is the chief pilot of the expedition. and is the squadron leader commanding No. 602 (City of Glasgow) (Bomber) Squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force. The second pilot, Flt.Lt Mclntyre commands a flight in the same squadron, but he has had the rather unique experience for an A.A.F officer of having been posted to a regular squadron for a period. In this case the distinction was all the more gratifying because the squadron to which he was attached was the famous No 12 B.S., which flies " Harts." The sinews of the expedition have been very sportingly provided by Lady Houston, who had previously earned the gratitude of the country by bearing the expenses of the High Speed Flight in the last Schneider contest. Air Commodore Fellowes, who leads the expedition, has had a varied career in the Royal Air Force, but will be best remembered for his work as Director of Airship Development.
Before the start
messages wishing good luck to the expedition were received from Lord
Londonderry, Secretary of State for Air, and from Lady Houston. The Air
Commodore led the flight in a "Puss Moth " lent to the expedition by Messrs. J.
S. Fry & Sons, and Mrs. Fellowes travelled with him. Lord Clydesdale piloted a "
Fox Moth.." in which were Mr. Shepherd and Mr Hughes. Flt. Lt. McIntyre took the
luggage in Lord Clydesdales " Gipsy III Moth ."
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