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  1. jamied says

    The two men seen here are L G Reid and J R Ayling.

    On 8-9 August 1934 they became the first pilots to fly non-stop between Canada and England.

    The aircraft behind them is a de Havilland Dragon, Reg. No. G-ACJM, named "Trail of the Caribou".

  2. jamied says

    At the very least, the "Reed" in the title could now be altered.

  3. john.dh88 says

    After crossing the Atlantic, Reid and Ayling had to land at Heston Aerodrome. They then took the aircraft to Hatfield where it was examined the next day: "...both engines and cowlings were as clean as if the ‘Dragon’ had just left the erecting shop.” They were also interviewed by the press at Hatfield, presumably on the same day, including the camera crew who filmed the interview, and also a reporter from Flight magazine: - 0836.html At the start of the video, in the background, you can see the squash courts building of the London Aeroplane Club, who had moved to Hatfield the year before. On the roof is the brand new, light house-style beacon on its roof for aiding navigation after dark. You can see it again, including the press crews, in this picture: Hatfield 'airport' was the de Havilland company's aerodrome, which they had opened in 1930. At the time…

  4. john.dh88 says

    At the time of the Reid & Ayling interview, the company was finalising the relocation of its HQ and most of its factory production from Stag Lane Aerodrome in Edgware.

    The building in view, and the flying school/club house building just out of shot to the right, stood until 1991, when they were demolished to make way for the Bishops Square office development, now part of Hatfield Business Park.

  5. ayling1 says

    James Reginald Ayling (B. 1905) was the son of Sir William Bock Ayling (1867-1946) of Dorset.

    Chris Ayling

  6. ayling1 says

    Before the War Ayling was a flying instructor and a pilot for London, Scottish and Provincial Airways. He was a chief flying instructor for the Rhodesian Air Training Group, Southern Rhodesia. In 1943 he was awarded the Air Force Cross, Royal Air Force. The June 1944 London Gazette recommendation reads: ‘Squadron Leader James Reginald Ayling, Royal Air Force, No. 26 Elementary Flying Training School. (Total instructional hours 3,192; completed during last 6 months 124). This officer has been engaged as chief flying instructor for the past two and three-quarter years. Throughout this period he has maintained a high standard of flying instruction and set a fine example by his own efficiency and keenness.’

    Chris Ayling (no relation)

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