Kingston Aviation

Documentary Slideshow – The Kingston Aviation Story
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This slideshow attempts to tell the amazing story of the Kingston aviation industry in an accessible way to the non-technically minded. Through the use of archive images matched to a voiceover, it hopes to convey the extraordinary outburst of engineering innovation which took place in Kingston upon Thames in the 20th century and of the imapct it had on the world.

The slideshow will be in ten parts and all parts will be put up here by the end of 2013.


Topics covered -: Introduction to Kingston Aviation – Tom Sopwith – Sopwith’s first flight – The young Sydney Camm – The Sopwith School of Flying – Fred Sigrist – Major Hugh Trenchard – Harry Hawker – The Sopwith Hybrid – Sopwith Aviation moves to Kingston – The Skating Rink – Trucking aircraft to Brooklands – Flotation testing on the Thames – ‘Buttons’ – The Sopwith Bat Boat – The Mortimer Singer Competition – The ‘gang’ – How Sopwith Aviation became successful – The Daily Mail ‘Circuit of Britain’ race – The Sopwith Tabloid – The Schneider Trophy 1914 – Howard Pixton – Sopwith Aviation on the eve of the First World War.