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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


Aviation in Blackpool, 1919.

A Municipal Aerodrome for Blackpool

At a meeting of the Blackpool General Purposes Committee a decision was reached that a municipal aerodrome should be secured as early as possible, and a special committee was appointed to go into the whole question.

The intention is to make it available to all comers, and when it is ready flying from the foreshore will be done away with.

Flight and Aircraft Engineer,  5th June, 1919.


THE Avro Co.'s air lines are developing rapidly up North. Starting in May with stations at Blackpool and Southport, we learn that the company has now opened landing-grounds at Windermere (seaplanes), Morecambe, Fleetwood, Liverpool (Waterloo Sands), Rhyl and Douglas (Isle of Man).

Six other stations are in course of formation which will make it possible for most people in Lancashire to travel by air to the South or West of England without the necessity for long train or motor-car journeys to Government aerodromes. A table showing the distances saved by air travel in Lancashire is given herewith.

A table showing the distances saved by air travel in Lancashire. Flight and Aircraft Engineer, 24th July, 1919

The chart is most instructive, as it illustrates the great saving, not only in distance, but also in time to be obtained bv flying instead of travelling by train.

Business in joy-flying at Blackpool and Southport has been well maintained, the outstanding features of the week being the aerial visit of the Mayor of Blackpool, Alderman A.Parkinson, M.P., J.P., and the Rev. Mr. Little, the Vicar of Blackpool, to a meeting at Bolton, where they received a most cordial reception, and the flying of an entire wedding party, comprising bride, bridegroom, best man and 40 guests
at Southport, and this in spite of clouds and mist at approximately 100 ft.

Another novelty was the flying from Southport of an Avro pilot on an experimental scout to the dinner at the Manchester Aerodrome to Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Brown. The pilot appeared from his machine in evening dress, and returned to Southport after the dinner, despite mist which almost enveloped the factory chimneys.

Two Avro seaplanes are now installed at Windermere, where Capt. Pixton, one of the veteran pilots of the day, is flying.

Flight and Aircraft Engineer,  24th July, 1919