“Operation MALLARD: aircraft prepared for the reinforcement of the British airborne assault, assembled at Tarrant Rushton, Hampshire, on the afternoon of 6 June (1944). On the runway are General Aircraft Hamilcar heavy lift gliders, preceded by two Airspeed Horsa troop-carrying gliders, while parked on each side of them are Handley Page Halifax glider-tugs of Nos. 298 and 644 Squadrons RAF.” (via)
"19th August 1952: Chief test Pilot Geoffrey Tyson standing by a 140 ton Saunders-Roe ‘Princess’ flying boat prior to flight trials. The plane is powered by ten Proteus 600 series ‘jet prop’ engines, can cruise at 350 mph and will take over a 100 passengers. (Photo by Edward G. Malindine/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)” (via)
"A UNIQUE programme is being arranged for a meeting which is to take place at the London Aerodrome, Hendon, on Thursday, Sept. 26th. There will be the usual exhibition flights from 3 o’clock - weather permitting - of course; and at 7.30 p.m will commence the first illuminated flying fête.
Each of the aeroplanes taking part will carry a powerful searchlight, in addition to side and rear lights, and they will also be outlined with hundreds of tiny electric lights supplied from portable accumulators carried in the body of the machine. On the roofs of the hangars there will be
powerful naval searchlights to guide the airmen flying in the darkness above, and the pylons which mark out the one and a-half miles’ speed course will also be brilliantly illuminated.
Bournemouth, 1910 (via)