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. Only five of these aeroplanes were constructed – and remarkably one of these is still flying today!
The 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.
It was expected that the company would produce at least one plane per week. However, in 14 months only five were built and the company went bankrupt and was closed by April 1932.
Our pictured aeroplane marked G-ABNT survived. It was bought and stored for over 40 years before being auctioned-off in 1978 and sold to Shipping and Airlines Ltd of Biggin Hill airport. It was carefully restored and now entertains visitors by flying at air shows.
And here is the aircraft today courtesy of Geoff Colins Flickr account. Geoff comments:
“The civilian Coupe is called ‘Bunty’ as her registration is G-ABNT”
Most pictures of ‘Bunty’ are copyright protected. However, those interested in seeing Bunty flying should search Google for Civilian Coupé 02 and click Images.
For more on this story and sources see original article on the Hedon Blog: Hedon Aerodrome iconic image.