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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 Vaughan & Freeman
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x139732

x19418

Sir Alan John Cobham; Michael Cobham; Gladys Lloyd Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 March 1926
NPG x19418

x19419

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 March 1926
NPG x19419

x19420

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 March 1926
NPG x19420

x19421

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 March 1926
NPG x19421

x3390

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1927
NPG x3390

x3392

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1927
NPG x3392

x3393

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1927
NPG x3393

x3394

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1927
NPG x3394

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Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
cream-toned bromide print on textured paper, 1927
NPG Ax2277

x3391

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1928
NPG x3391

x184119

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
bromide press print, 30 October 1947
NPG x184119

x166632

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1952
NPG x166632

x1793

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x1793

D2665

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Alick P.F. Ritchie
cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2665

x79354

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 30 October 1947
NPG x79354