Centaurus takes off on longest flight ever attempted by commercial aircraft
Centaurus takes off on longest flight ever attempted by commercial aircraft.
The Imperial Airways Empire flying boat Centaurus took off from the Hythe air base, Southampton water, on a 30, 000 miles survey test flight of the proposed air route to New Zealand and back.
The flight is the longest ever undertaken by commercial aircraft and Centaurus will be the first of a classed across the Tasman Sea.
Six passengers, including a woman, Mrs Hillier, and her child are aboard the machine, together with four members of the Imperial Airways staff who are going to Karachi.
Photo shows, the crew of the Centaurus before the takeoff, left to right, radio operator A T Low, radio operator H T Dangerfield, first officer C F Elder , captain JW Burgess (commander), steward HJ Bingham and flight engineer F Murray.
3 December 1937
London Fire Brigade have amber lights to give right of way
London Fire Brigade have amber lights to give right of way.
The demonstration of the powerful new amber coloured lights with which every appliance used by London fireman motor pumps and escapes, extension ladders and emergency tenders, is to be fitted was held at the new London Fire Brigade headquarters on the Albert Embankment.
The light which can be detected at a distance by police for an motorist, are being adopted to solve the problem of brigades coming across traffic signals on their way to fires.
It is hoped that the combination will enable engines and escapes to rush past the road signals in emergency with comparative safety.
Photo shows, fireman, demonstrating the new amber light on a fire engine of the Lambeth headquarters of the Fire Brigade.
14 June 1937
Chingford s hillside swimming pool nearly ready. Chingford s new swimming
Chingford s hillside swimming pool nearly ready.
Chingford s new swimming pool at Larkswood is nearing completion and will be opened by Sir Kingsley Wood, Minister of Health, in a fortnights time.
The pool is being built on a site of seven acres of woodland. As it is situated on the side of a hill thousands of tons of earth had to be removed. Its position gives protection from the wind and has maxiumu amount of sun.
The area of the pool is 2700 square yards having a swimming length of 165 feet and a width of 60 feet.
It has a cafe, sunn terraces and administrative buildings.
Photo shows, the new swimming pool dominating the surrounding countryside. The view from the pool is one of the best around London, overlooking the Lee Valley to the hills of Hertfordshire.
14 July 1936