LINCOLNSHIRE AERO CLUB OPENED
The official opening of the Lincolnshire Aero Club's
new aerodrome took place on Saturday, June 10 1933. The opening
ceremony was preceded by a lunch at which the President of the Club,
Brig. Gen. C. G. Hoare, presided. He announced that a message had
been received from His Majesty the King which said " The King
sincerely thanks the President and Committee of the Lincolnshire
Aero Club, assembled at the new aerodrome, for its loyal message of
greeting and sends his best wishes for the success of the
undertaking." Maj. Mealing, in proposing the toast of " The Club and
the Airport of Grimsby," said that as a result of flying clubs being
started the number of pilots in the country had increased from 200
to 2,000 since 1925. Clubs could be started by the initiative of
private individuals, but it was up to members to keep them going. It
was nonsense to say that the British Isles were too small for flying
to be taken seriously, the growth of flying proved the contrary.
The Lincolnshire Aero Club, by
providing an aerodrome, were not only performing a great local
service, but also a great national service in providing a link in a
chain of aerodromes throughout the country. Replying to the toast,
Brig. Gen. Hoare said that he thought there was a great opportunity
of establishing Continental traffic at Grimsby Aerodrome.
Mr. Walter West, in proposing the toast
of " Visiting Pilots and Guests," said how greatly they appreciated
the kindness of so many pilots in coming to the opening. Lt. R. R.
Bentley replied on behalf of the visiting pilots and wished the Club
" happy landings."
The Mayor of Grimsby, Coun. T. Newby, in replying on behalf of the
visitors, remarked that in his opinion an aerodrome run by private
enterprise would be more successful than one run by a municipality.
After lunch Maj. Mealing formally declared the aerodrome open, and
there followed a flying display. The first event was an official
salute and fly past of machines, followed by a demonstration of a
Ford threeengined monoplane. Flt. Lt. A. G. Loton then gave a
demonstration of inverted flying on a Blackburn B.2 " Trainer," and
two other pilots also gave an acrobatic display. Capt. Tindall, the
Club's chief instructor, bombed Mr. E. Johnson in a car, and two
parachutists dropped simultaneously ; Mr. A. W. Fairlie, of
Brooklands Airways, did a delayed drop, landing safely just outside
A pilots' obstacle race was won by Mr. Henshaw, Mr. Cook being
second. The trophy for a 30-mile race presented by the Grimsby News
was won by Mr. Gardner in an Avro " Cadet," Capt. T. N. Stack being
second in a Blackburn B.2, and Mr. Johnson third in a " Bluebird."
By way of variation, there was some clever motor-cycle trick riding
by Mr. E. Peacock, 'of Skegness, and Mr. W. French, also on a motor
cycle, rode' through a sheet of plate glass.
During the afternoon the Mayor and
Mayoress and Brig. Gen. Hoare took a flight in the Ford machine,
piloted by Capt. Stack. Among those present at the lunch and display
were Col. the Master of Sempill, Mr. W. J. Womersley, M.P., and Mrs.
Womersley, Col. Heneage, M.P., and Mrs. Heneage, Lt. R. R. Bentley,
A.F.C., Wing Com. Woodhouse, D.S.O., M.C., and Mrs. Woodhouse, Capt.
Norman Blackburn, Capt. Lamplugk, Miss M. Astill, and Messrs. M. D.
L. Scott, C. S. Humphries, Henshaw, J. J. Scholes and H. M. Diamant.
The handicapping of the race was in the capable hands of Capt. Dancy
and Mr. F. Rowarth, and Mr. William Courtenay presided at the
THE CLUB CADET : The latest
version of the Avro " Cadet " is the " Club Cadet." As regards the
fuselage and tail units, this machine is the same as its
predecessor, but the wings are now not staggered so that they can
fold and thus make it more suitable for clubs and private owners.
The Air Race Competition Results
Lap II Finish
||B 2 Trainer
||Genet Maj. 7. I
OF, overshot badly the second Turning Point on 1st lap.