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Frank Goodden: Oxfordshire’s First Aviator?
Thu 25 May 2017, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
An illustrated talk by Peter Smith exploring the career of Frank Goodden at the Port Meadow aerodrome from 1911 and during WW1, using period photos and newspaper clips. Entry from 5.30pm.
Frank was an established balloonist, parachutist, airshipman and engineer before he arrived at Port Meadow in early 1911, aged only 21, to help set up Oxford’s first but unsuccessful aerodrome. He went on to design, build and fly his own monoplane there in 1912, and subsequently became acknowledged as one of the best pilots in the country by 1914.
He became Chief Test Pilot at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough during WW1, helping to overcome the terrifying spin phenomenon that proved fatal for many pilots, and developing the design concept for one of the best WW1 fighters. An illustrated talk covering Franks aviation career, including his time in Oxford, using period photos and newspaper clips.