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Dr. Francis Alexander Barton

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Dr. Francis Alexander Barton

Person  Male  Born 1861  Died /4/1939

Categories: Transport

Co-pilot of the first British public airmail flight. He was a G.P. in Beckenham and had been obsessed with anything aeronautical from an early age. He was awarded a grant of £500 by the Alexandra Palace trustees to build a shed, where he created an airship which flew in 1905.

2020: A London Inheritance reports on Barton's airship flight on 29 July 1905 from Alexandra Palace to Havering, 14 miles to the west.

Died Worcestershire. The picture shows him with his wife in 1903. Grace's Guide has more information about him.

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First British public airmail flight

{Around an illustration of a hot air balloon:} Croydon Road Recreation Ground...

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