F. L. Barnard
F. L. Barnard
Franklyn Leslie Barnard
2 November 1896
|Died||28 July 1927 (aged 30)|
Franklyn Leslie Barnard (2 November 1896 – 28 July 1927) was a British pilot, who took part in 1920s air races and airline flights. He was also known as Captain F. L. Barnard.
Frank Barnard was born on 2 November 1896, the son of Owen Barnard, a stockbroker's clerk. He was once reported to be a cousin of Captain C. D. Barnard, a pilot who was also notable in air racing events, but that was disproved in the results of the 1901 UK census.
World War I
After flying training, Barnard was appointed Flying Officer in the Royal Flying Corps, and in July 1916 he joined No. 18 Squadron in France. On 22 October 1916, 2nd Lt Barnard was piloting FE.2b (No. 4929) from Laviéville with his observer Lt F.S. Rankin. Rankin was hit by bullets from an attacking aircraft, and Barnard prevented Rankin from falling overboard, then made an emergency landing. Rankin died, and Barnard received injuries that made him unfit for service for a further year. Barnard was awarded the AFC (Air Force Cross).
Instone Air Line
1920s air racing
On 9 September 1922, he won the first King's Cup Race, in Airco DH.4A (G-EAMU) at Croydon Aerodrome, having flown 810 miles over a cross-country course at an average speed of 123.6 mile/h. The aircraft was in the blue and silver colours of Instone Air Line, named 'City of York'.:129
He raced in the DH.4A (G-EAMU) again, in the 1923 King's Cup Race, and later used DH.50 (G-EBFP) in the 1924 race.
On 31 March 1924, Instone Air Line merged with Daimler Airway, Handley Page Transport, and British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd to form Imperial Airways, and Barnard was appointed chief pilot of the new organisation. He made many notable flights with celebrities of the period, such as route-proving flights to Egypt and India.
On 28 July 1927, Barnard died in a flying accident while flying the Bristol Type 99A Badminton (G-EBMK). He was performance testing alternative propellers on the aircraft in preparation for entering the 1927 King's Cup Race. The engine failed after take-off from Filton Aerodrome, and the aircraft stalled from a height of about 80 ft.
- 1901 Census
- A Fleeting Peace - F.L. Barnard
- Henshaw 1995
- The National Archives file AIR 76/23/19
- Flight, 11 August 1927 Capt. F. L. Barnard, O.B.E., A.F.C.
- Flight, 16 October 1919 Side-Winds
- Lewis 1970
- Flight, 14 September 1922, pp. 527-534 King's Cup Race
- Flight, 9 July 1925, pp. 431-440 King's Cup Race
- Flight, 15 July 1926, p. 494 King's Cup Race
- Flight, 3 April 1924, p. 196 Imperial Airways Ltd
- Flight, 13 January 1927 England to India by Air
- Flight, 9 June 1927, p. 404 Birthday Honours