The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth


GWR Air Service from Plymouth Roborough Aerodrome


HRH Prince of Wales was supposed to fly down to open Roborough Aerodrome in July 1931 however the weather was poor and he took the train down instead. Oddly, he opened the aerodrome formally in the Guildhall. However, he later drove to Roborough for more festivities and did at least get to fly back to Hendon in his plane (the last plane below). Indeed this was the first time that his Royal Westland Wessex plane G-ABEG was used for official purposes. The service was soon identified by the larger Imperial Airways as being a viable enterprise and they displaced GWR with the larger and newer Dragon Rapide.


Empire in Your Backyard: Plymouth Article



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