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An aeroplane in a field off Bream Avenue

Bream Avenue plane

Yvonne wrote (April 2008): "... my grandfather Hubert Thomas, and a companion, waiting to be taken up for a flight in a small plane.  Apparently these flights took off from a field somewhere along The (Bream) Avenue - as my cousin, Valerie Hayward (nee Cox) remembers"

The registration number on the plane suggests that it was G?-EAKX an Avro 504K. It was dismantled in 1934 (Source: Civil Aircraft Register - Great Britain)

The following is quoted with the kind permission of the Vale and Downland Museum : "The Berkshire Aviation Company specialised in giving people short trips in aeroplanes for a few shillings per head - an activity known as “joyriding”. The firm was probably the most successful of the joyriding concerns which operated between the wars. In its early years it was based at East Hanney which was in North Berkshire at that time, hence the name of the firm".
"The flying was done from grass fields which were rented from farmers by the day. As well as joyriding the pilots gave demonstrations of their flying skills which included stunts such as hedge-hopping, wing-walking and looping-the-loop."
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