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August 2013: Flying high

Windosr Aero Club c.1912

Many people will be going away for their summer break this month and a great deal will probably take a flight on an aeroplane. In 1903 the Wright brothers were the first to take to the skies - they certainly went up, but very quickly came back down again.

There are a few aeronautical archives amongst the collections at BRO, such as those of Sydney Camm (reference WI/D30/1). Camm was the aeronautical engineer who designed the Hurricane aeroplane which, together with the Spitfire, helped win the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Camm grew up in Windsor and formed the Windsor Model Aero and Gliding Club, the members of which can be seen top left of this page. The image below shows one of the club's gliders. It may be primitive looking, but without such experimental craft by Camm and others, we would not be able to jet off on foreign holidays today.

Glider Windsor Aero Club c.1912


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Guy Clayton
Posted on the : 8 Feb 2014

I believe that the gentleman at the right end of the group is my grandfather Rowland Clayton. I would be interested in obtaining a copy of this picture. previously i am aware of a photo appearing in the Windsor Express in in the 70's but the paper are not interested in tracing the picture

Posted on the : 12 Feb 2014

Dear Mr Clayton Thank you for your comment. We may be able to help you, but cannot do so via the website comment system. Please could you drop us a line using the online Contact Us form or by post? Details are on the left of the webpage. Looking forward to hearing from you. BRO staff.


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