Aviation pictures - the early years on sand and water

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The Sphere magazine announcing the start of a new flying boat service in July 1926. The Supermarine Swan was not quite as new as the article suggested, having been built, not to operate commercial flights to the Channel Islands, but for the Air Ministry, which loaned it to Imperial Airways. It's commercial role was not long-lived because the aircraft was scrapped in 1917. Although this was a much-photographed aircraft, we are not aware of any pictures surviving of it in Jersey. The Supermarine Seagull, G-EBGR, in the gallery below, was of similar vintage. It was one of three identical aircraft which operated the world's first commercial flying boat service, mainly between Southampton and Guernsey, but sometimes calling at Jersey. This service started in September 1923
This de Havilland 83 Fox Moth was pictured on the beach at First Tower in 1933. We know the year because the aircraft was first registered to the Hon Brian Lewis, a prominent racing driver between the wars, in January of that year. It was then operated by Portsmouth Southsea and Isle of Wight Aviation, before being sold to Australia in September 1933. The aircraft, based on the famous Tiger Moth, had an unusual configuration, with a forward cabin accommodating three or four passengers (depending which description is read) and the pilot sitting in a raised cockpit behind
As this poster shows, the airline, which operated out of Portsmouth Airport, offered flights to London or Jersey, both taking two hours. Their Jersey handling agent was W G Bellingham, of 1 Mulcaster Street, the first, or one of the island's first travel agents
Probably the largest aircraft to enter St Helier Harbour - a Short S23 Empire flying boat. Built for Imperial Airways in 1935, it was knows as 'Cambria'. Designed for long-distance flying it was the first of its class to fly the length of Africa completing its journey in Durban. It is not known why it landed in Jersey at a time the beach at West Park was being used as Jersey's first airport, but it is possible that it called to collect a significant number of local passengers, before heading overseas. It is believed to have flown to Jersey from Poole on the English south coast
Another photograph of Cambria believed to have been taken in St Aubin's Bay
A seaplane at Anne Port in the 1920s. This is a very rare photograph of a seaplane landing anywhere other than in St Aubin's Bay in Jersey's coastal waters. The aircraft may have landed in St Catherine's Bay and taxied to Anne Port as the first stretch of beach where it could disembark passengers. This is a six-seater Vickers Viking IV seaplane, registered G-EBED to Leslie Hamilton of the Royal Aero Club in 1926 and possibly destroyed in 1929. The picture was originally believed to have been taken in the 1930s, but it must have been in the late 'twenties
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