Flight of Cierva C.8L autogiro (G-EBYY) from Croydon, United Kingdom to France, the first cross-channel flight by a rotating wing aircraft, on 18 Sep 1928. The pilot Juan de la Cierva and the editor of 'L Illustration' M Bouche stand near the 180 hp Lynx-powered autogiro. The men get into the autogiro. The pilot talks to spectators and photographers gathered around the autogiro. The autogiro takes off and is seen air-to-air over the channel. After the flight to St Inglevert, the autogiro later lands at Le Bourget airport, Paris (where it is now preserved at the Musee de l'Air). Men approach autogiro. The pilot sits on edge of cockpit of the autogiro.
French Premier Edouard Daladier and Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet at Croydon Airport in London, England. Air France aircraft lands at Croydon Airport. Edouard Daladier and Georges Bonnet disembark from the aircraft. Photographers take pictures. Crowd gathered to welcome the dignitaries. Officials get into staff cars and drive away.
The history of famous airplanes. U.S. aviators Edward F Schlee and William S. "Billy" Brock in Croydon, England. One of the men gets out of the 'Pride of Detroit' airplane. Men being interviewed by the spectators and press in England. Spectators grouped around the airplane. Brock and Schlee pose.
Amy Mollison returns after setting a new record time of a two way flight from London to Capetown. An aircraft in flight. People on top of a building. Aircraft piloted by Amy Mollison, an ace aviator, lands and taxis along in Croydon, England. People gathered around the plane. Amy gets off the plane and receives a warm welcome after a two way flight from London to Capetown in 4 days and 16 hours. Amy being presented flowers. A man clicks a picture. Amy waves to the crowd.
Visitors to an outdoor display, to look at a crashed German Me 109 fighter plane. The plane is under a camouflage net canopy. A sign in front of the plane reads 'made in Germany and finished in England'. Royal Air Force Sergeants and civilians look at it. Sergeants turn the propeller blades, which are severely bent, and point at bullet holes in the aircraft. A sign on the fence surrounding the display reads: "In Aid of the local Spitfire Fund." An RAF pilot climbs into the cockpit of the Me 109, as another helps close its canopy. Later, the RAF pilots examine the plane's wing flaps and an open wing hatch.
View from above of an outdoor enclosure with large banner above fence reading: "Crashed German Plane Here." Sign on fence states admission fee of 6 pence for adult and 3 pence for children. The crashed plane is a German Me-109, covered by a camouflage net canopy. Inside the enclosure, a sign leaning against the plane's fuselage reads: "In Aid of Local Spitfire Fund." Two RAF Sergeants appear to be in charge of the display. The aircraft engine cowling is missing revealing the engine. The propeller blades on the plane are bent. Two girls read the Poster about aid of local Spitfire fund and another reading "Send up our Fighters, They'll knock down the Blighters (Fighter Plane Fund)." A boy joins the girls reading the posters. People put money in a can for local Spitfire fund during Battle of Britain.