WILLIAM HUGH EWEN
1879-1947
 
 
 
 
Maj. William Hugh Ewen
Collection of John Terry, 9-11-08
 

 
 
William Hugh Ewen
via email from John Terry, 7-25-08
Dear Ralph,
     My grandfather was a pioneer Scottish Aviator and I spent 60 years thinking he was the first Scotsman to fly, but after the Royal Aeronautical Society released the Certificates from 1910 1950 I found out he was the fifth UK holder, there being one Scot who held a French Certificate before his untimely death. My grandfather is No 63. I am working on a web site for him and will launch it soon, it will be www.1stflyingscot.co.uk, I hope you enjoy it.
 

 
 
Certificate
Fr 71
13
24
45
56 *
63
Name
Capt. Bertram Dickson
Hon Alan Kelburn Boyle
James George Weir
Lt. Reginald A. Cammell
Arthur Haynes Aitken
William Hugh Ewen
Date of Birth
21/12/1873
8/10/1886
23/5/1887
10/1/1886
14/12/1880
1/12/1879
Place of Birth
Edinburgh
Oakfield, Ayr
Cambuslang
Inverness
Helensburgh
Shanghai
Date of Certificate
12/05/1910
14/06/1910
08/11/1910
31/12/1910
14/02/1911
14/02/1911
Plane
Farman
Avis monoplane
Bleriot monoplane
Bristol Biplane
Bleriot monoplane
Bleriot monoplane
Location
Chalons France
Brooklands
Hendon
Salisbury Plain
Beaulieu
Hendon
 

 
       In the meantime, if I can contribute anything to your site please dont hesitate to ask.
Very best regards
John Terry
 

 
 
Caudron Biplane
 
 
"DAILY MAIL" AEROPLANE CIRCUIT, 1912
W. H. EWEN WITH HIS 60? H.P. CAUDRON BIPLANE

Collection of John Terry, 9-11-08
 

 
 
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  September 9, 1911  
 
Mr. W. H. Ewen, the Scottish aviator
who flew the Firth of Forth last week
FIRST ACROSS THE FIRTH OF FORTH.
ALTHOUGH some time ago a prize was offered for a flight across the Firth of Forth, it was subsequently withdrawn, owing to lack of competition. On the 30th ult., however, the double journey across the Forth was made in splendid style by Mr. W. H. Ewen on his Deperdussin monoplane, one of the latest "popular" type. Starting from the Marine Gardens of Porto-belio, Mr. Ewen rose until he was about 1,000 ft. high, and passing Inch Keith went on until within a mile of Kinghorn. He then turned and proceeded up the Firth in the direction of Leith. Two miles from the port he once more turned, and this time headed for his starting point at Portobello. He was planing down there, but coming to the conclusion that the Sports Ground was rather too restricted for landing, he flew outside the ground, and descended in a field in the neighbourhood. As soon as the mechanics arrived the wings were taken off and the machine wheeled back to the aerodrome. Mr. Ewen was in the air for about ten minutes, and covered roughly twelve miles.
On his return to the Marine Gardens, Mr. Ewen was welcomed on behalf of the Executive by Councillor Rawson. Speaking of his flight, which he described as successful in every way, he said that he had a bad five minutes when at about the middle of the Firth on the return journey, when the machine rocked and swayed a good deal, but the Anzani-engined Deperdussin stood up to her work in fine style. He never had any difficulty in observing his location, and when over the water was easily able to make out the steamers beneath.
 
 
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William Hugh Ewen died on November 26th 1947 in Edinburgh.
 

 
 
Editor's Note:
If you have any information on this pioneer aviator,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

 
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