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Air Chief Marshal Sir Augustus Walker, D.S.O., D.F.C. (Garforth) (5 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View shows Sir Augustus 'Gus' Walker at his desk. This notable Garforth resident lived in a large house at the corner of Lidgett Lane and Lowther Road. A rugby international before the Second World War, he was station commander of RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire when a Lancaster bomber blew up in December 1942, hurling him many yards and causing the loss of his right arm. Despite this his first thought was to see if anyone else was hurt, before he collapsed. After he recovered, he became base commander in charge of RAF Pocklington for more than two years, and continued to serve with distinction, rising to the rank of Air Chief Marshal. A blue plaque is now attached to his former home.
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Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition, Cinematograph Hall (Roundhay) (1 comment)
Black & White image25th June 1919. Image shows the temporary Cinematograph Hall and Picture Gallery (Shed No. 13) at the Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition held in Roundhay Park in 1919. This building was normally the tearooms, “Park café” or “Lakeside Café” located close to Waterloo Lake. Visitors could watch cinematograph and lantern slides illustrating the Air Force at home and overseas. Some of these early film titles were ‘Surrender of the German Fleet, as seen from the Air’, ‘Tails Up, a Tale of the Air’ and 'Advanced Flying'. They were shown daily in 30-minute programmes running continuously from 2 pm until 9 pm. The vehicle seen on the left has lifting sides.
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Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition, Interior of Exhibition Marquee (Roundhay)
Black & White image25th June 1919. Image shows the interior of a marquee where exhibits are on display located at the Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition held in Roundhay Park in 1919. This was possibly “Space No. 4” as described in the souvenir programme. It contained the wireless exhibits as well as being the venue of demonstrations of wireless telegraphy and telephony. Visitors were encouraged to interact with some of the equipment and work the large transmitting sets. The programme states that it is “possible to hear most of the large stations in the world, signalling at different times of the day. The Eiffel Tower, Paris, and the large German stations will be constantly heard”. It goes on to state the great importance of the development of wireless telephony during the war – “it makes it possible to carry out ordinary telephonic speeches with a person in the air, although there is no connection between them and the ground.” It also says that “sets were actually in use in June, 1914, making it possible for two machines in the air, and twenty miles apart, to keep in constant communication.” Visitors could pay 6d for an opportunity to test the set.
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Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition, Roundhay Park (Roundhay)
Black & White image21st May 1919. Image taken at the Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition in Roundhay Park just after the Great War in 1919. It shows some of the large marquees that were erected to display exhibits and also to house a First Aid area and provision of refreshments for visitors. The exhibition displayed the largest collection of British and enemy aircraft ever seen at the time. It was opened on Saturday 31st May 1919 at 11.30 am by the Right Hon. The Marquis of Londonderry, M.V.O. supported by the Right Hon. The Lord Mayor of Leeds. Visitors were entertained by the Royal Marine Light Infantry Band (Forton Div.)
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Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition, Roundhay Park (Roundhay)
Black & White image25th June 1919. Image take at Roundhay Park during the Royal Air Force Aircraft Exhibition held during the May and June of 1919. From the Souvenir Programme and Guide: "This exhibit comprises synchronised Vickers Gun Testing Plant. The Constantinesco Gear is driven by A.B.C. Engine (representing the Aeroplane Engine) fitted with dummy propeller. The action of the gear enables the gun to be fired between the blades of the propeller as they revolve at any speed from 600 to 2000 revolutions per minute." Visitors to the exhibition could pay one shilling to manipulate the gear and fire the gun, as a pilot would have done on active service in aerial combat.
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