THIS PHOTOGRAPH of an aeroplane coming in to land at Hedon aerodrome in 1931 is one of the enduring images of Hedon’s historical link with its airfield. However, many people in the town will be surprised to learn that the aeroplane was one of only five ever produced and yet one of these still survives today!
Our famous photo was taken by a Hull Daily Mail photographer on Saturday 28th February 1931 at the Hull Municipal Aerodrome (so-named because the land was leased by the Hull Corporation).
It was the first plane, the ‘Civilian Coupé 02’, produced by the Civilian Aircraft Company of Hedon and was considered to be at the cutting edge of aviation comfort and design. Flight Magazine in April 1931 reported:
At the present moment the Civilian Coupé is the only machine catering for this market and it therefore has the field to itself.”
Click the attached images (PDF files) from Flight Magazine 1931 to show more images of the Civilian Coupé. They are courtesy of the The Flightglobal Archive:
One of the planes survived. A Civilian Coupé 02, was bought by a customer in South Wales and hangared at Cardiff Airport. After being stored for more than 40 years, the plane was restored and moved to the Biggin Hill airfield.
It has been confirmed (see Comment below) that this is the same aeroplane as in our iconic photograph? It can be viewed here on: Shortfinals’s Blog at http://shortfinals.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/a-short-lived-civilian/