Sir Alan John Cobham(1894-1973), Pioneer aviator
Sitter in 29 portraits
Cobham joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and was commissioned as an instructor. After the war he worked for De Havilland as a test pilot, and made his name in long-distance flights to Rangoon, Burma (present-day Yangon, Myanmar, 1924), the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (1925-6) and Australia (1926), establishing air routes for Imperial Airways. From the 1930s he pioneered the development of in-flight refuelling, and set up a company to develop its potential. As a taxi-pilot giving commercial 'joyrides', and through his air display company of 1934, he spread interest in aviation and contributed to the popularisation of air travel. He wrote several books including an autobiography, A Time to Fly (1978).
by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 17 March 1926
by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 26 April 1932
by Jimmy Wilds, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 28 May 1947
by Fred Roe
photogravure, 4 October 1926
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