|Born||9 February 1884|
Dunnow Hall, Slaidburn, Yorkshire, England
|Died||5 March 1959 (aged 75)|
|Known for||Auto racing |
|Flight license||14 June 1910|
James Radley (1884–1959) was one of the first English aviators, holding Royal Aero Club Aviators Certificate Number 12. As well as carrying out demonstration flights and competitions in aircraft, he also piloted a ballon in a number of balloon races. As well as his interests in aviation he was a racing driver.
Radley was born in 1884 at Dunnow Hall, Slaidburn in Yorkshire, England. His parents were James and Fanny Radley, his father being a wealthy colliery owner who took a 14-year lease of Dunnow, with shooting rights on part of the Slaidburn Estate, from William Wilkinson in 1877 for a rent of £400 per annum.  
Aviation and motor career
Radley started as a racing driver before gaining his aviators certificate on 14 June 1910.
For the 1913 Circuit of Britain race, Radley in co-operation with Gordon England designed and built the Radley-England waterplane to take place in the 1913 race. It was damaged before the race and did not complete, the aircraft was subsequently modified and re-built.
In August 1914, Radley joined the Royal Automobile Club Volunteer Force and took his personal Rolls Royce car to France to act as a civilian staff car driver for senior officers of the British Expeditionary Force.
- CertificatesFlight 18 June, p. 465
- Now in Lancashire
- James Radley 1884-1959
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