Portrait of Captain A. S. Wilcockson, Manager of Imperial Airways' Atlantic Division.

WILCOCKSON, Captain A. S.

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ca.1938. Original photograph, silver print, 21,5 x 16,5 cm, with mounted letterpress ticket on verso. The degree to which the standard Marconi wireless apparatus used on Imperial Airways machines flying between Croydon and the Continent is relied upon is shown by the experience of Capt. A. S. Wilcockson, an Imperial Airways pilot who, on November 24, flew a Handley-Page Rolls Royce aeroplane from Paris to Croydon above a fog bank which obscured the ground practically the whole of the way. Five minutes after leaving Paris, Capt. Wilcockson found himself in dense fog and had to rise 2,000 ft. to get above it. At this height the aeroplane was flying in bright sunshine and continued to do so for the greater part of was, however, necessary to fly entirely by compass bearing. The pilot asked for several bearings and positions from Croydon during the journey and these brought him in on a direct line to the Croydon aerodrome. There was one break in the fog, about 10 miles from Croydon, which enabled the pilot to recognise the ground and corroborate the fact that he was on the right bearing. The fog then closed in again and in his own words he " dropped right on to the aerodrome." The apparatus used was the ordinary Marconi A.D.6 set, and not any new or special apparatus, as had been reported. The five passengers on the machine had a very happy and comfortable journey and were quite thrilled with their novel experience (Flight, 1927). KEYWORDS:De Haviland/Imperial Airways/photo. Bookseller Inventory # 41276

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