Howard Pixton

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Howard Pixton (14 December 1885 – 7 February 1972)[1] was an early British aviator who won the 1914 Schneider Trophy air race held in Monaco[2] flying a Sopwith Tabloid seaplane powered by a 100 hp Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine, completing the race at an average speed of 86.83 miles per hour.

Career[edit]

Cecil Howard Pixton started his flying career in 1910 at Brooklands and became friendly with A V Roe. Together they started the Avro School of Flying and Pixton became the first test pilot for Avro. He was commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps and joined the Air Investigation Department at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Pixton's later career involved flying the first newspapers to the Isle of Man, where he is reputed to have also flown the first fare-paying passengers.

He died in 1972 and is buried at Jurby, Isle of Man.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard Pixton bio; EarlyAviators.com by Ralph Cooper
  2. ^ "The Pioneers : An Anthology : Charles Howard Pixton".

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