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British Pilot Crashes During Lesson

Construction on Upavon airfield begain in June 1912 and was created for pilots of the Military and Naval Wings of the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and became home to the Army Central Flying School.

On September 6, 1912 Captain R C W Alston, a pupil on the first course at Upavon was flying from Upavon to Farnborough in an Avro 500 . His machine suffered engine trouble and he landed badly in a field at Bagsbury Farm, Weyhill ploughing up the ground for eight to ten yards. The plane turned over, its propeller snapping, the engine buckling and the tail and planes crumpling. Alston crawled out of the wreckage with a few scratches to be met by workers running from the nearby railway line.

Captain Alston’s crashed Avro 500
Bagsbury Farm
September 6, 1912

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