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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).

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Sir Alan John Cobham, by Frank Salisbury - NPG 5018

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Frank Salisbury
oil on canvas, 1926
NPG 5018

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Vaughan & Freeman - NPG x139732

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Vaughan & Freeman
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x139732

Sir Alan John Cobham; Michael Cobham; Gladys Lloyd Cobham, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19418

Sir Alan John Cobham; Michael Cobham; Gladys Lloyd Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19419

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19420

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19421

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Howard Coster - NPG x3390

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Howard Coster - NPG x3392

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Howard Coster - NPG x3393

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Howard Coster - NPG x3394

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax2277

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Howard Coster - NPG x3391

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x184119

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham; Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett, by Jimmy Wilds, for  Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x184321

Sir Alan John Cobham; Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Brenard Press Ltd - NPG x184322

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

Sir Alan John Cobham, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x166632

Sir Alan John Cobham

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1952
NPG x166632

Sir Alan John Cobham, by David Jagger - NPG D42941

Sir Alan John Cobham

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

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