Signed Aviation Dinner Menu's and Cards
Fairy Aviation Signed Menu from 1929. It features the signatures of
C.R.McMullin and Maurice E.A. Wright
Medal awarded to G/Capt E.N Ryder for competing in the race.
Menu signed by the following, plus 1 un-identified.
G/C Edgar Norman Ryder DFC* (1914-1995)
W/Cdr Charles Maughan (1923-2009)
Colonel Charles Frederick Howard Gough MC (1901-1977)
Arthur Wareham (1909-1985) Editor of Daily Mail
Maj Jacques Allez (President of French Aero Club)
A very nice multi-signed Dinner menu commerating the first flights of deHavilland Comet on the 27th July 1949 and the Bristol Brabazon on the September 4th 1949.This dinner was held at the Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane W London on Wednesday December 20th 1950. It has been signed by several of those involved in the Brabazon and Comet programs.
John Cunningham (1917-2002) - de Havilland Chief Test Pilot - maiden flight of the de Havilland Comet
A.J. 'Bill' Pegg (1906-1978) - Bristol Aeroplane Co. Chief Test Pilot - maiden flight of the Bristol Brabazon
Cyril Uwins (1896-1972)- Former Bristol Aeroplane Co. Chief Test Pilot
Archilbald Russell (1904-1995) - Chief Designer of the Bristol Brabazon
Kennelm Bartlett (1892-1960) - Bristol Aeroplane Co. Sales Director
Clarence (Clary) S. Thom (1900-1960)- de Havilland Sales Director
Sir Aubrey F.Burke (1904-1989) - de Havilland Engine Co. Managing Director
F.E.N.St.Barbe - de Havilland Business Director
If anyone can identify the remaining three signatures, please email me and let me know
Cartoon from the 1954 Aeroplane magazine depicting the Awards Dinner.
Listed below are some of the signatories of the Dinner menu. It reads like a who's who of British Aviation History,with outstanding Test Pilots,Designers and Engineers.
Michael J. 'Mike' Lithgow (1920-1963) - Supermarine Test Pilot
World Speed Record
Sqn Ldr Neville F.Duke (1921-2007) - Hawker Test Pilot
World Speed Record
Sir Sydney Camm (1893-1966) - Aircraft Designer
Designed the Hurricane, Seahawk,Hunter and Harrier
Designed the Rolls Royce Merlin and Avon Engines.
Joseph 'Joe' Smith (1897-1956) - Aircraft Designer
John Cunningham (1917-2002) DeHavilland Test Pilot
Captain Kennelm Bartlett (1892-1960)- Former Bristol Aeroplane Company Sales Director and President F.A.I.
Col Rupert L. 'Mossy' Preston (1902-1982) - Sec-General RAe.C
Sopwith Apprentices 8th Re-union Dinner 1962 signed by the following:
E.A 'Chris' Wren