THE ‘HOMING PIGEONS’ OF HANWORTH

The Blackburn B-2 never achieved the success of certain trainer contemporaries, but it performed well with Flying Training Ltd at London Air Park

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A quartet of Flying Training Ltd’s Blackburn B-2s, up from Hanworth in early 1936, is led by G-ADLG
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Making a confident prediction is fraught with risk. Get it right and you come across as a font of wisdom; get it wrong, as an over-confident fool. In reporting on Flying Training Ltd’s new school at Hanworth, otherwise known as the London Air Park, The Aeroplane might — with hindsight, naturally — have thought twice about predicting the future of elementary pilot schooling. “The tandem arrangement for early flying instruction is moribund”, it said, describing the side-by-side seating arrangement of the school’s Blackburn B-2s in its 22 April 1936 issue as, “to our mind its greatest advantage.”

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