A reminescence of the late Geoffrey England. --in sending us the above snap,
Mr. C. Howard Pixton
writes; "It was taken at
Haywards Heath during ny stop there on the 'Avro' in May, 1911, on my return from Brighton. It is an excellent photo of poor
England. You will remember he was a well=-known rider of 'Moto Reve' cycles before taking up aviation. He was later connected
'Bradbury's" machine is in this photo."
from Flight/global archive - March 22, 1913
Geoffrey England Is Killed by Falling 5,000 Feet from Monoplane Over Stonehenge.
The New York Herald
March 6, 1913
England was flying directly over Stonehenge at a height of five thousand feet when his monoplane was seen to collapse and fall like a stone. The aviator had been flying for an hour before the accident occurred. He was testing his machine with the view of selling it to the British War Office.
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|June 29, 1912|
Bristol School The wind was too strong for test flights or pupils' work all day Monday last week, and the day had to be spent upon the machines and motors in the hangars.
A high wind and rain prevented any flying Tuesday morning, but late in the afternoon Busteed was testing a new monoplane recently received from the Company's works at Filton. Pizey was also out for trial flights, afterwards taking Messrs. Campbell and Geoffrey England for tuition on one of the Bristol monoplanes. Kemp was also on a similar type machine, and made a very clever flight, com-pleting a couple of circuits, and landing with a good vol plane, Mr. Campbell was getting in some rolling practice on a monoplane, whilst Messrs. Rawson Shaw, Dr. Gardner, Mr. Lister, and Lieut. Hartree were out for solos.
On Wednesday morning there was no flying, owing to a thick fog, followed by a strong wind, which lasted all day. The only flight made was by Busteed, who went out in one of the Bristol monoplanes, having Pizey with him as a passenger.
No flying was possible Thursday until the afternoon, when Pizey made a trial on biplane No. 66a, afterwards going out on biplane No. 19 with Mr. Geoffrey England, then taking Messrs. Greig. Barnwell, and Hammond for flights on one of the monoplanes, Busteed in the meantime ascending on a biplane with Messrs. Barnwell and Greig. Mr. Kemp was busily occupied, first of all for a solo on biplane No. 66a, then giving tuition flight to Lieut. Christy, and then going for a practice flight on monoplane No. 58. Messrs. Lister and Rawson Shaw
|and Dr. Cordner each made excellent solo flights with figures of eight and good landings. Mr. Kemp made the first trial in the evening, then giving trips to Mr. Greig and Lieut. Christy, Busteed taking Mr. Barnwell, and Mr. Smith Barry taking Messrs. Featherstone and England. Messrs. Rawson Shaw and Lindsay Campbell made Several good solo flights, whilst Messrs. Barnwell, Campbell and Greig put in some useful rolling practice on monoplanes. Mr. Smith Barry took up one of the Bristol monoplanes, and made a good flight, followed immediately afterwards by Mr. Kemp, who then went out on a biplane with Mr. Barnwell and also with Lieut. Christy, whilst Mr. Hammond took Messrs. Featherstone and Geoffrey England. Mr. Lister carried out two capital solo trips, as also did Dr. Cordner ; Mr. Rawson Shaw ascended for one solo. On Saturday, Busteed was first out in the evening, followed by Mr. Kemp, who took Lieut. Christy and Mr. Barnwell. Mr. Smith Barry made a good flight with Mr. Featherstone up behind and Mr. Hammond completed a couple of fine circuits accompanied by Mr. Geoffrey England. Major Boyd Moss was out for a good solo flight completing some exceeding clever figures of eight, with fine landings. Mr. Lister was also doing some sharp right-hand turns, and other solos were made by Lieut. Ashton, Dr. Cordner, and Mr. Rawson Shaw. Messrs. Campbell, England and Greig put in some very useful rolling practice on school monoplanes, Busteed bringing the day's work to a close with a trial flight on the new monoplane.|
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