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    Info wanted please on Group Captain Charles Flood, test pilot Blackburn, who was given the nickname Captain Blood for the daring way he flew new Sunderlands from the Blackburn Aircraft factory, Dumbarton, just clearing the hills. That's all I know about him. Information request re research into Sunderlands on the Gareloch at RAF Helensburgh pre delivery.

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    Hello,

    33085 Charles Joseph Philip FLOOD OBE(M), MiD RAF.

    He had earlier served on 210 Squadron:

    It was at Gibraltar that S/L A. F. Lang bid his farewells to 210 Squadron, severing a link going back to 1932, and he was succeeded by S/L W. N. Plenderleith who took command on October 26th (1935). In the squadron history the new CO's officers are listed as: S/L Anderson (MO); F/Ls R. W. Hill, W. H. Hutton, L. Crocker, Costello*, RCAF; F/Os H. J. L. Hawkins, C. J. P. Flood; P/Os W. A. Hughes (Adjutant) and C. J. Wright. Anderson would, early in 1936, be succeeded as medical officer by F/O R. S. B. McLean.

    See:
    Sopwiths To Sunderlands:210 Squadron 1917 to 1941.
    Evans,John.
    Pembroke Dock:Paterchurch Publications,1999.
    p.27

    His wartime Honours and Awards:

    33085 S/Ldr C. J. P. Flood RAF - MiD - New Year's Honours List - LG: 1-1-1941.

    33085 W/Cdr Charles Joseph Philip Flood RAF - OBE(M) - King's Birthday Honours List - LG: 11-6-1942

    * C112 F/L Martin Costello RCAF (later, Twice OBE[M], MiD, LoM[US]).

    Col.
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    From (inter alia) http://www.pprune.org/aviation-histo...-beverley.html

    The Beverly's first flight was in June 1950 and Blackburn’s Chief Test Pilot is reported to have said to his co-pilot at the moment of lift off "Well, my side’s airborne, how about yours?".

    This was repeated on a BBC Radio 4 series many years ago called “The Test Pilots”, so it looks as if it has some credence. Was that Chief Test Pilot Charles Flood??

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    Peter Davies
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    Hello,

    Was that Chief Test Pilot Charles Flood?

    No!

    Blackburn Beverley.

    Now known as the Blackburn and General Aircraft Universal Freighter Mk 1, the aircraft made a trouble-free first flight at Brough as WF320 on 20 June 1950, just four years after the start of the design, piloted by the company's chief test pilot Harold 'Tim' Wood* with D. G. Brade as co-pilot.

    See:
    Blackburn Aircraft since 1909.
    Jackson,A.J.
    London:Putnam,1968.
    p.467.

    Yes, the same Harold 'Tim' Wood who was marooned in the ill-fated General Aircraft Monospar ST G-AECB, on Seringpatam Reef (Timor Sea), on 6 October, 1936.

    Col.
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    thank you gentlemen


    robin

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