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It looks as if the well-tried stretch of hard sand on Filey Beach will become a regular practising ground for flyers. Mr J.W.F. Tranmer, having obtained formal permission
from the Filey Urban District Council for its use, is pushing ahead with his plans. He writes us upon this subject as follows :–

 

 

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Robert Blackburn built aeroplanes in Leeds and needed somewhere to develop his new aeroplanes. His First Monoplane (1909) was tested at Marske and Saltburn but was not successful.
He took over the Filey Flying School early in 1911. The Second Monoplane first flew on the 8th of March 1911 at Filey. It crashed on [...]

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Robert Blackburn took on Bentfield (Benny) Charles Hucks as instructor and chief test pilot at his Filey Aircraft testing site in March 1911. Benny Hucks was a pioneering aviator with several accomplishments to his name:- On the 17th of May 1911, he flew the Mercury I to Scarborough and back in 19 minutes, averaging 50 [...]

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Filey Aircrash Tragedy – Two Killed

On December 8, 2011 By

On December the 6th 1911, Hubert Oxley, trainer at Filey Flying School,  took the Mercury III up with Mr Robert Weiss as passenger. Mr Oxley was in the habit of swooping down the cliff under full power and pulling up sharply at the bottom. This time, the wings broke up and the aeroplane [...]

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