List of pilots awarded an Aviator's Certificate by the Royal Aero Club in 1910

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The Royal Aero Club issued Aviators Certificates from 1910. These were internationally recognised under the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.


Aviator's Certificates awarded
in 1910
in 1911
in 1912
in 1913
in 1914


  Individual was killed in an aviation accident.
  Individual was killed flying in military action.
Royal Aero Club certificates awarded in 1910 (nos. 1–38)
No. Name Date Comment
1 J. T. C. Moore-Brabazon[1] 8 March 1910[2] Conducted the first flight by a British pilot in Britain; named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators. Minister for Aircraft Production in the Second World War. One of four honorary certificates issued.
2 Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls[1] 8 March 1910[2] Killed in an air crash at Hengistbury Airfield[3] Bournemouth on 12 July 1910 when the tail of his Wright Flyer broke off during a flying display; he was the first Briton to die in an aircraft accident; co-founder of Rolls-Royce; founding member of Royal Aero Club; named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators.One of four honorary certificates issued.
3 Alfred Rawlinson[1] 5 April 1910[4] Pioneer motorist and aviator, soldier and intelligence officer. One of four honorary certificates issued.
4 Cecil Stanley Grace[1] 12 April 1910[5] Disappeared on 22 December 1910 while attempting to win the de Forest Prize for the longest cross-channel flight completed by the end of the year (lost his way in fog); named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators.One of four honorary certificates issued.
5 George Bertram Cockburn 26 April 1910[6] Research chemist. Represented Britain in 1st international air race at Rheims; established 1st Army aerodrome at Larkhill; trained Royal Navy's 1st four pilots at Eastchurch; 1st Head of Air Accidents Branch of Dept. of Civil Aviation.
6 Claude Grahame-White[1] 26 April 1910[6] One of the most influential aviation pioneers; publicist, author, aircraft engineer and manufacturer. Awarded the R.Ae.C.'s Gold Medal in 1910 for winning the Gordon Bennett Aviation Cup.
7 Alec Ogilvie[1] 24 May 1910[7] Tested at Camber, near Rye using a Short-Wright. Named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators.
8 A. Mortimer Singer 31 May 1910[8] Benefactor and yachtsman (son of sewing-machine magnate Isaac Merritt Singer).
9 Samuel F. Cody 7 June 1910[9] Made first aeroplane flight in Britain on 16 October 1908.;[10] and was awarded the first R.Ae.C. Special certificate on 6 December 1911;[11] Cody died on 7 August 1913, together with his passenger, W. H. B. Evans, when his Cody Floatplane suffered a structural failure.[12]
10 Launcelot D. L. Gibbs 7 June 1910[9] Made short hops in the first Dunne Swept-wing aeroplane at Blair Atholl in Scotland in 1908. He later became internationally known.[13]
11 Hon. Maurice Egerton 14 June 1910[14] Named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators; 4th and last Baron Egerton of Tatton.
12 James Radley[1] 14 June 1910[14] Aircraft designer, together with Eric Gordon England (see below) and test pilot.
13 Hon. Alan Reginald Boyle[1] 14 June 1910[14] Eighth child of the 7th Earl of Glasgow; founded the Scottish Aeroplane Syndicate in 1909. The Royal Aero Club index card recording Boyle's certificate is reproduced here [15]
14 John Armstrong Drexel[1] 21 June 1910[16] Flew with the French Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of the French Air Service, the Aéronautique militaire, during World War I composed largely of American volunteer pilots flying fighters.
15 George Cyril Colmore[1] 21 June 1910[16] The first Royal Navy officer to gain a Royal Aero Club Aviator's Licence. He made his first flight on 19 June 1910, flying Frank McClean's Short S.27 (Shorts' works no. S.26) for 11 miles in 20 minutes; the following day he passed the tests for the Pilot's Certificate, which was awarded at the Royal Aero Club's committee meeting on 21 June 1910.[17]
16 George Arthur Barnes[1] 21 June 1910[16] Also a racing motorcyclist.
17 Lt. George William Patrick Dawes 26 July 1910[18] George Dawes was a much decorated Boer War veteran before learning to fly. He served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and was transferred to the newly formed Royal Flying Corps to command No. 11 Squadron RFC in 1915, before being appointed Officer Commanding RFC in the Balkans, a post he held from 1916 to 1918. Mentioned in dispatches on seven occasions, Dawes was honoured by the Greek and Serbian Governments and awarded the French Croix de Guerre.[19]
18 Alliott Verdon Roe[1] 26 July 1910[18] Founder of A.V. Roe Aircraft Co. and Saunders-Roe.[20]
19 Arthur Edward George 6 September 1910[21] Swimmer, figure-skater, cyclist, engineer, racing-driver and pioneer aviator who served in the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II (the last in all three services)
20 Richard Francis Ernest Wickham 20 September 1910[22] Before joining the RFC in 1915, Wickham spent time giving exhibition flights in the United States and Canada. Died in June 1945 as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
21 Francis McClean AFC, FRAeS 20 September 1910[22] Founding member of Royal Aero Club; named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators.
22 Edward Keith Davies 11 October 1910[23] First person to fly in India.[24]
23 Maurice Ducrocq[1] 1 November 1910[25] French aviator who ran a flying school at Brooklands. Among his pupils was John Alcock,[1] famed for the first non-stop Atlantic crossing by air.[26]
24 James George Weir 8 November 1910[27] Bleriot Monoplane at Hendon. After service with the RFC in the first world went on to establish the Cierva Autogiro Company.
25 Hugh Evelyn Watkins 8 November 1910[27] Born c1881; qualified on a Howard Wright Biplane at Brooklands 8 November 1910. Engaged to fly the Vickers R.E.P. Monoplane on Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic Expedition. After the crash of the aircraft during a demonstration flight in Australia, in which he was slightly injured, he returned to the UK. The aircraft was shipped to Antarctica for use as a tractor and abandoned there. Its remains were discovered in 2010.[28]
26 Clement Hugh Greswell[1] 15 November 1910[29] Chief pilot of the flying school opened by Claude Grahame-White in Hendon in 1911.[30]
27 Captain John Duncan Bertie Fulton RFA 15 November 1910[29] Used a Farman Biplane at Salisbury Plain. He was awarded the third R.Ae.C. Special certificate on 6 December 1911.[11] Later a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Inspector of the Aeronautical Inspection Department of the Royal Flying Corps when he died 11 November 1915.
28 Leslie F. Macdonald 15 November 1910[29] Test pilot for Vickers Ltd.; drowned 13 January 1913, together with his passenger Harold England, when his Vickers tractor biplane suffered engine problems and he was forced to ditch in the Thames near Erith.[31]
29 Lt. Richard Talbot Snowden-Smith 15 November 1910[29] Later Major-General, Director of Supplies and Transport at the War Office. He was the first officer on the Active List to obtain an Aviator's certificate.[32]
30 Horatio Barber 22 November 1910[33] Used own design, the ASL Valkyrie, at Hendon. In 1911 he flew the world's first cargo flight when he was asked to transport electric light bulbs from Shoreham to Hove. Became a First World War flight instructor with the Royal Flying Corps.[34]
31 Thomas Sopwith[1] 22 November 1910[33] Founder of Sopwith Aviation Company, and later of Hawker Aircraft; named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators
32 Joseph Joel Hammond 22 November 1910[33] Flying a Bristol Boxkite at Salisbury Plain. First New Zealand aviator to gain a pilot's certificate. Died in an aircraft accident in Indianapolis, U.S.A. 1918.[35]
33 Sydney Ernest Smith 22 November 1910[33] At Brooklands on a Bristol biplane, flew with the RFC and RAF during the first world war, later a director of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.
34 Archibald Reith Low 22 November 1910[33] At Brooklands on a Bristol biplane. Later worked for Vickers as a designer.
35 Robert C. Fenwick 29 November 1910[36] Killed in the Mersey Monoplane on 13 August 1912 which was deemed unstable by the Accident Investigation Committee.[37]
36 Andrew George Board 29 November 1910[36] Using a Bleriot monoplane at Hendon he was a Captain in the South Wales Borderers later became an instructor at the Central Flying School.[38] Retired as a Royal Air Force Air Commodore in 1931.
37 Herbert Frederick Wood 29 November 1910[36] Bristol Biplane at Brooklands. A Major in the 9th Lancers, he became head of the aviation department of Vickers Limited, represented Vickers on the SBAC when it was founded in 1916 and was a member of its Committee of Management.[39] Died in December 1918
38 Cecil Compton Paterson 6 December 1910[40] A motor engineer he was awarded his certificate in an aircraft built himself, the Paterson Biplane, at Freshfield. Went to South Africa and established a training school for the South African Army. Considered to be the founder of the South African Air Force.

See also[edit]

Lists for other years:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Pictures of many pioneer aviators listed here can be seen in Flight "Progress: A Pictorial Review in "Flight" Photographs" (PDF). Flight Magazine. London: Reed Business Information. XXII (1): 34–37. 3 January 1930. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Flight 12 March 1910
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 September 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Flight 9 April 1910
  5. ^ Flight 16 April 1910
  6. ^ a b Flight 30 April 1910
  7. ^ Flight 28 May 1910
  8. ^ Flight 4 June 1910
  9. ^ a b Flight 11 June 1910
  10. ^ Flight Magazine
  11. ^ a b Flight 16 Dec 1911
  12. ^ Accident Investigation Report No. 17 in Flight 20 September 1913
  13. ^ Waplker, P.; Early Aviation at Farnborough, Vol. II, The First Aeroplanes, Macdonald, 1974, Page 208.
  14. ^ a b c Flight 18 June 1910
  15. ^; Alan R. Boyle
  16. ^ a b c Flight 25 June 1910
  17. ^ Barnes and James, p. 52.
  18. ^ a b Flight 26 July 1910
  19. ^ Brief biography
  20. ^ By purchasing controlling interest in Saunders company
  21. ^ Flight 10 September 1910
  22. ^ a b Flight 24 September 1910
  23. ^ Flight 15 October 1910
  24. ^ Details of lot of personal papers of Capt. E.K.Davies for sale at Christie's
  25. ^ Flight 6 Nov. 1910
  26. ^ Turtle Bunbury: Alcock taught to fly by Maurice Ducrocq
  27. ^ a b Flight 12 Nov. 1910
  28. ^ Details about the Australasian Antarctic Expedition[permanent dead link]
  29. ^ a b c d Flight 19 Nov. 1910
  30. ^ Clive R. Smith. Flying at Hendon: A Pictorial Record. London (1974): Routledge & Kegal Paul.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  31. ^ Flight 18 Jan. 1913
  32. ^ Career resumé of Snowden-Smith[permanent dead link]
  33. ^ a b c d e Flight 26 Nov. 1910
  34. ^; Horatio Barber
  35. ^ Flight 10 Oct. 1918, report of funeral.
  36. ^ a b c Flight 3 Dec. 1910
  37. ^ Accident Investigation Report in Flight on 21 September 1912
  38. ^ Aviators Certificate of Captain A.G. Board
  39. ^ Flight, 20 April 1916
  40. ^ Flight 10 Dec. 1910


  • Barnes C.H. & James D.N (1989). Shorts Aircraft since 1900. London: Putnam. p. 560. ISBN 0-85177-819-4.