The Flying Circus Comes to Town

Cobham Tiger Moth at Wilsthorpe

In September 1937 an Air Display was held in New Sawley.  Sir Alan Cobham’s flying circus brought two airliners (including a prototype Handley Page Hinaidi), an autogyro and several light aircraft to a field off Wilsthorpe Lane.   Miss Joan Meakin performed aerobatics in a glider, whilst describing her actions over the radio.  In another event 3 aircraft with the wings joined together by ribbons, looped their aircraft in formation.  This event also saw the first public demonstration of the GQ parachute.  Local people were offered flights from 4/ each

Handley Page airliner
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