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Sir Alan Cobham

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Sir Alan Cobham

Person  Male  Born 6/5/1894  Died 21/10/1973

Categories: Aviation

Countries: Caribbean Islands

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.

Wikipedia has him dying in Bournemouth. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has him dying at Tortola, British Virgin Islands where he had retired. Take your pick.

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Sir Alan Cobham, 1894 - 1973, aviator, was born here. English Heritage

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