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The Chingflier | Chingford Aerodrome Fortnightly Magazine...

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First and only edition in publisher's original wire stapled illustrated paper covers [soft back], illustrated advertisement to the rear cover. 8vo. 9¾'' x 7¼''. Military aerodrome later temporary civil aerodrome, RNAS Aeroplane School, RFC | RAF Training Depot Station, 138 Squadron (Avro 504Bs & 504Es Later Bristol F.2 Fighters). The first mention of this aerodrome is on 15th May 1915 when Flight Commander Hyde-Thomson (RNAS) was awarded Pilot Certificate No. 1245 flying a Bristol Biplane from here. He also listed flying a Wight Seaplane from CALSHOT. Between 1915 and 1919 it was used to train around 1,000 pilots before they were sent to Europe, shortly afterwards the aerodrome closed in 1919. This 'in-house' magazine named 'The Chingflier' had a short history and was published between October 1916 to February 1918. Contains 22 printed pages of text with monochrome illustrations and photographs throughout, including full-page cartoons specially drawn for 'The Chingflier' by G. Mockford and Charles E. Turner. Includes a full-page famous photograph of Frederick Warren Merriam whose claim to fame was becoming the first pilot to fly through the clouds. Merriam, then 34 years old, was an instructor at Brooklands Aerodrome near Weybridge in Surrey. On one occasion he crash-landed upside down in a sewage farm and emerged unhurt but stinking from the wreckage. Many years later the incident would become an inspiration for a scene in the comedy film 'Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines'. His favourite trick was to make low passes over his home near the air strip and if his legs were dangling out of the plane it was a sign to his wife that he would be home for lunch. Front cover missing, war-time paper tanning and in Good condition. Member of the P.B.F.A. AVIATION & AERONAUTICS
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