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Report by Marie Scofield : March 2013
Telegraph Weekend, 27/10/12, ran an article about Stow Maries World War 1 Aerodrome in Essex, which had won an English Heritage Angel Award for restoration. It is probably the only WW1 aerodrome remaining in the world & was bought by the R.F.C. in 1916 for Home Defence, because of the Zeppelin bombing raids. After the war, the farmer re-bought the area & used the buildings for storage. In 2008, it was saved from those gremlins known as developers & is in the process of being restored. “The stories read like something out of Biggles” says Louise Gray & she comments on the atmosphere. Much restoration has been done, much remains to be done. (I have been there more than once & can highly recommend a visit – they have occasional flying days).
The Aeroplane, March 2012, wrote about the story boards created
for the film “Biggles sweeps the skies” (never made). Some
of these boards were acquired by Steve Slater, joint owner of the B.E.2c
“Biggles Biplane” & the boards illustrate the biplane’s
intended flying sequences. Flypast, Nov. 2012, featured the Sywell
Air Show. One of the main attractions was a mock dogfight between the
The B.E.2c has attracted a lot of media attention. Aeroplane, Dec. 2012 & Light Aviation, Sept. 2012, both recorded that the Federation Aeronautique Internationale’s Phoenix Diploma for 2012 was awarded to Matthew Bonnington & Steve Slater for their restoration of the B.E.2c. Additionally, Steve Slater was given a write-up in Microlight Flying, Oct. 2012, when he had just taken over the job of helping airfields under threat, within the General Aviation Awareness Council. Flying Magazine, Summer, 2012 & Light Aircraft, Oct. 2012, both carried photos of the B.E.2c at different airshows.
Former De Havilland test pilot, Desmond Penrose, added the oldest flying D.H. design to his logbook, by flying the B.E.2c replica to celebrate the centennial of a British altitude record, set in August 1912 when Geoffrey de Havilland took the prototype B.E.2c up to 10,560 feet (in a tweed suit). Penrose, 82, flew slightly lower.
Liverpool Daily Post, 10/11/12, had an article headlined “Prices fly high for tales of Biggles”. Christopher Proudlove spoke of his praying for rain, as a child, so that sports periods could be spent In the school library, reading Biggles. Roger Harris, a BFA reader, provided Christopher with information about collecting Biggles books & also a history of W.E.Johns.
Again, there are several mentions about people who read Biggles as children.
The B.B.C. 3/12/12 had a programme “Dambusters declassified”.
Guy Gibson, as a boy, was a fan of Biggles & apparently the programme
showed dust wrappers of Biggles books. Reportedly, Roger Tisdale, one
of the artists who did the drawings for the R.F.C. Centenary stamps had
a “childhood filled with
Grantlee Kieza has written a biography “Bert Hinkler - the
most daring man in the world”. Hinkler’s solo long distance
flight England to Australia in 1928 established him in aviation history.
The book was reviewed in Sport Pilot, Sept.2012, & the reviewer,
Darcy Williams, quotes some rather exaggerated passages & thought
that Mr Kieza “may have read a few too many Air Adventures of
Track Watch, Oct. 2012, (a four wheel drive magazine), reported on the Hena 6 Navigator. The author commented that looking up locations of plots of Biggles books, led to his interest in navigation. He stated that “Biggles & his pals would have loved the navigational power & convenience of the Hena Navigator”.
Daily Telegraph, 11/10/12, had an obituary of Peter Tory, actor, journalist & pilot, hence his nickname of Biggles. Robert Maxwell, who owned the paper for which Tory then worked, misheard the nickname, &, never having read Biggles books, referred to Tory as “Boggles”.
Biggles faux leather & sheepskin Trapper Hat was advertised in The Original Gift Company catalogue.
BBC Radio 4 Extra repeated readings by Michael Palin of Biggles Flies North beginning January 4th.
Saga Magazine Puzzles, issue 2, 2012, had a clue “cousin of Biggles in the W.E.Johns’ books”.
On TV, an MSN Travel Video reported on vampire bats biting & killing humans in Peru, reminding us of a chapter of “Biggles Charter Pilot”.
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