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On this day 28 June 1914

Published: 28 Jun 2014

On this day 28 June 1914 night flying trial.

Summary of Report by Lieutenant A W Bigsworth on night flying in a seaplane (from the Longmore Papers, National Maritime Museum)

The flight occurred on 28 June 1914 at 11pm in a Sopwith Bat Boat No.118 fitted with a 50cp motor car electric headlight 4 volt lamp on the wing tip and a shaded 4 volt lamp in the bow of the boat.

The flight which must have been one of the first night flights by a naval aircraft, lasted 20 minutes and ending in a successful landing.


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