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Sir Alan John Cobham (1894-1973), Pioneer aviator

Sitter in 28 portraits
Cobham joined the Royal Flying Corps aged twenty-three in 1917. After the war he worked for de Havilland as a test pilot, and made his name in long-distance flights to Cape Town, Rangoon and Australia, establishing air routes for Imperial Airways. In the 1930s he pioneered the development of in-flight refuelling, and set up a company to exploit the possibilities. As a taxi-pilot giving commercial 'joyrides', and through the air display company he set up in 1934, he spread interest in aviation and contributed to the popularisation of air travel.

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 30 October 1947
NPG x79355

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 30 October 1947
NPG x79356

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 30 October 1947
NPG x79357

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 30 October 1947
NPG x79358

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 30 October 1947
NPG x79359

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Sir Alan John Cobham; Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett

by Jimmy Wilds, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 28 May 1947
NPG x184321

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Brenard Press Ltd
bromide press print, 28 May 1947
NPG x184322

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by David Jagger
brush and black ink with white heightening, circa 1926-1927
NPG D42941