Sir Alan Cobham
Person Male Born 6/5/1894 Died 21/10/1973
Aviator. Born Alan John Cobham in Camberwell. He joined the Royal Flying Corps in World War I, and went on to become the first test pilot for the de Havilland Aeroplane Hire Service. In 1932 he started the National Aviation Day displays, which consisted of teams of up to fourteen aircraft, performing at hundreds of sites around Britain. Later he pioneered the use of in-flight refuelling. Died at Tortola, British Virgin Islands.