Pioneers Of Aviation

With rarely seen images and unique displays, this new exhibition for 2010 was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has taken over 2 years to complete. The exhibition, housed exclusively within one of the buildings of the UK’s premier Bomber Command Centre, includes Sir George Cayley, the internationally acknowledged Father of Aeronautics, who lived near Scarborough; Amy Johnson, a typist from Hull who was the first female to fly solo to Australia and Russia; Nevil Shute, author and engineer on the R100 Airship at Howden and founder of the Airspeed Aircraft Company in York and Portsmouth;
Sir Barnes Wallis, designer of the Bouncing Bomb, the Wellington Bomber and R100 Airship designer based at Howden in Yorkshire, and Robert Blackburn founder of Blackburn Aircraft (now British Aerospace) in Armley Leeds, the world’s first aeroplane production line.
We have some amazing aviation pioneers here in Yorkshire and we’re proud to detail their achievements in this new exhibition.