Years after its RAF Display heyday, Hendon had one more great aeronautical pageant to stage

An overhead view of the main aircraft park, with a Douglas R4D and Beech SNB-5 of the Hendonbased US Navy fleet aircraft service squadron FASRON 200 beyond. 

A feeling that Britain was, somehow, no longer Great; a nostalgia-based rallying cry to change all that. Sounds like the Daily Express. The sponsor of this one-off event at Hendon, marking the half-century of what became the Royal Aero Club, made its position very clear. Writing in the official programme, its air correspondent, wartime fighter pilot Gp Capt Hugh ‘Cocky’ Dundas, said 1951 was “a year of crisis”, for, he opined, “We have slipped from the pinnacle of air power.”

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