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    Default Litchfield / Seven Barrows

    Excuse the damp look of the photos, I got there just as it started snowing today!

    Just off the A34 about half a mile to the north of Litchfield is this memorial to Geoffrey DeHavilland's first flight in his home made aeroplane.

    I wonder if there will be any sort of 100 year anniversay next year




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    Not long to go until the 100 year mark, does anyone know of and event to mark the occasion??

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    The Centenary will be marked by approx 50 de Havilland aircraft landing in the very field on the very day, but exactly 100 years late. After celebration of the event on the very site of the first flight the aircraft will decamp to 'de Havilland Field' at nearby Crux Easton, where the family home was and where Geoffrey would return at weekends in his aircraft. A celebratory dinner will be held in Highclere Castle on the night of the 10th.

    The series of events is being organised by the de Havilland Moth Club and entry will be limited to invited guests only. I suspect that the memorial and its signage will have undergone a major sprucing up before the 10 September!

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    I assume you will be there WJT?

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    The celebrations to mark the Centenary of the first successful flight by Geoffrey de Havilland took place on Friday and saturday 10th and 11th September 2010. On Friday 10th, one hundred years to the day of the first successful flight, a wide range of de Havilland types landed in the self-same field used by Geoffrey de Havilland. More than 40 aircraft arrived over the course of the day, which started with poor weather. Indeed, many aircraft from East of the A1 were substantially delayed or did not make it due to rain, low cloud and poor visibility.

    First, some shots from Seven Barrows:









    The following morning, the 11th, many of the aircraft which had been at Seven Barrows, plus a few additions, moved the few miles west to the village of Crux Easton, where the de Havilland family lived. It was Geoffrey de Havillands practice to fly from Stag Lane Aerodrome to the familiy home and land in "de Havilland Field". More than 20 aircraft arrived at Crux Easton after early delays due to low cloud and porr visibility. The approaches to the field were challenging for the pilotd and the prevailing wind direction required all aircraft to land on a downhill slope.

    Here are some scenes from Crux Easton:











    Despite the bad weather and challenging landing grounds, the de Havilland Centenary was celebrated in splendid style. See you there in 2110?

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