We created our brand to pay tribute to the brave strong women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). Therefore we just had to celebrate 90 Years of the Cambridge Aero Club who's honours include training the likes of Ricardia “Dickie” Morrow – who in 1948 became the first female pilot to fly around the world in a flight that began and ended at Cambridge.
Spitfire Heritage Distillers are thrilled to be working with Cambridge Aero Club to mark the flight school’s 90th anniversary!
Cambridge Aero Club is one of the oldest aero clubs in the world and can trace its history back to the dawn of aviation. Using Sir Arthur Marshall’s very own De Havilland Gipsy Moth, instructors P Grey and F Wilkenson began training pilots at the original airfield in Fen Ditton, Cambs in 1929. On gaining his instructor certificate in 1930 Arthur Marshall founded Marshall Flying School – as it was then known – offering a new approach to pilot training:
“Sir Arthur developed a scheme to train instructors from scratch. The usual route was for senior pilots in the RAF to progress to become instructors regardless of their enthusiasm or aptitude for that task. Marshall decided to take trainees on from scratch – if they were good pilots and had the aptitude he’d teach them to become instructors.
In 1941, his ‘Ab Initio’ Flying Instructor Scheme was adopted universally by the RAF and it still exists to this day, known as the ‘Creamy’ Flying Instructor Scheme.”
– Terry Holloway, Company Historian and Cambridge Aero Club Managing Director
During the war Marshall trained thousands of pilots from all walks of life, not least the 22,000 RAF, Navy and Army recruits of WWII such as fighter ace Johnnie Johnson DSO DFC and Leonard Cheshire VC DSO DFC.
In an ever-changing aviation industry, Cambridge Aero Club are delighted to see more and more female pilots commencing training – although this is not unusual at Cambridge, which has trained the likes of Ricardia “Dickie” Morrow – who in 1948 became the first female pilot to fly around the world in a flight that began and ended at Cambridge Airport. Chin Chin Darling!
Cambridge Aero Club are widely held as a centre for excellence in Pilot training and this year mark their 90th anniversary. To celebrate and continuing in its ethos of inclusivity, Cambridge Aero Club will be offering a scholarship of 10 hours pilot training to one lucky aspiring pilot!
What’s more, in collaboration with Spitfire Heritage Distillers, to mark this historic anniversary £3 for each especially liveried bottle sold will be donated to Cambridge Aero Club’s Pilot Bursary Fund.
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