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Flying at Lanark

Flying at Lanark

Flying at Lanark might today seem a strange idea, but in 1910 Lanark was chosen as the spot for the World’s Third Aviation Meeting.

The lead up to the Aviation Meeting led to the creation of a new station at Lanark Racecourse and the provision of special stands for the spectators.

The actual Aviation Meeting was held between August 6th  to August 12th  1910.   It attracted approximately 300,000 visitors.   To bring such a  large number of people to Lanark a special train time had to be organised.  This included trains that were first class only.

The actual airshow itself was a great success attracting aviators of different nationalities – Chilean, Belgian, Dutch, American, Italian, French as well as many British competitors.

AT Lanark many records were shattered varying from altitude to speed.

The most important decision after the Aviation Meeting was to order a number of Bristol Boxkites for the engineers in the Army.   These planes were to become the nucleus of what was to become the R.A.F. in 1918.

There was also a plan to make Lanark Racecourse into an Airport.  This idea was rejected by the Council and Hendon near London  took on the idea.     However the Racecourse and other places around Lanark were to act as hosts to Aviation events up to 1935.   Sir Alan Cobham was one of the people to organise such an event.

Thought there is no flying in Lanark apart from model aircraft at Lanark Racecourse, there is involvement with aviation.

A local business, Martin Aerospace established in 1993, makes  parts for both civil airliners and military aircraft.

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