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  1. Coldharbour says

    The Mr. Sykes referred to in the title is Herbert Sykes, who was a test pilot and instructor for the Whitehead Aircraft Company from 1916 - 1918.

    Immediately prior to his engagement with Whitehead Aircraft he had been an instructor at the London and Provincial Aviation Company (L&P) at Hendon, and was subsequently chief instructor with the Central Aircraft Company at Northolt.

    In the early 1920s he was one of many pilots that tried to make a living touring the country during the summer season, giving aerobatic demonstrations and taking up paying passengers on joy-riding flights, using military surplus aircraft.

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