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    Default Some Info on the 4 * RAF Reserve Schools to 1935

    Cross Country
    by Hothersall & Travers
    ISBN 0 9515461 04
    Page 291

    Copied from Blackburn Aircraft Since 1909 (A.J. Jackson (Putnam, 1989))

    The RAF Reserve School, Brough
    The North Sea Aerial Navigation Company Ltd was spaed the painful effect that the postwar slump
    had on most joyriding concerns but it was without aircraft and, to keep the company going,
    Robert Blackburn made it responsible for organizing the Blackburn company's not inconsiderable
    road and transport operations which included communications between the Leeds and Brough
    factories and ferrying the fleets of buses and coaches for which Blackburns had built bodies.
    Because of these activities the company styling was changed to the North Sea Aerial and
    General Transport Co Ltd at the end of 1920, but no flying was done on its own account until some
    years later when the Air Ministry decided to sub-contract RAF Reserve training to civilian operators.

    The four firms chosen were the de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Stag Lane, Edgware, whose
    contract was signed on 1 April 1923; the Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd which opened its school
    at Filton on 15 May; William Beardmore and co Ltd who began instruction at Renfew on 23 July; and lastly the North Sea Aerial and General Transport Co Ltd whose contract was signed in January 1924. From the date of its opening in the following May until 1939 the Brough Reserve School
    was managed by Robert Blackburn's brother, Capt Norman Blackburn, with Thomas Bancroft as chief engineer and Sqn Ldr Arthur George Loton, AFC, as chief flying instructor.

    All the Reserve Schools used primary as well as advanced trainers, and the initial

    equipment at Brough consisted of three Avro 548A two-seat dual control biplanes G-EBIT,

    G-EBIU and G-EBIV built to order by A. V. Roe and Co Ltd at Hamble and fitted with
    120 hp Airdisco vee-8 air-cooled engines drawing four-bladed wooden airscrews. There
    Brough's similarity to the other Schools ended because the advanced trainers which came
    into service from 1925 onwards were the three Dart two-seat seaplanes G-EBKF, G-EBKG and G-EBKH,
    and the Kangaroo dual conversions "BONZO, FELIX THE CAT, WILFRED, PIP AND SQUEAK,"

    otherwise G-EAIU, G-EAMJ, G-EBMD, G-EBOM and G-EBPK. Brough was unique therefore as the only
    School offering seaplane and twin-engined training.

    The aircraft were housed in one of the two large hangars built in 1917 for 2 Marine Acceptance Depot, which for obvious reasons is known to this day as the North Sea hangar. Pupils were accommodated in huts originally erected for personnel of the Depot and their off-duty entertainment was looked
    after by the Brough Aviation and Recreation Club formed by the Blackburn directors in 1924.

    Some Fleet Info

    With help including

    1ERFTS Stag Lane 1.5.23 De Havilland (as Reserve School) Hatfield 5.30 to 1ERFTS 4.8.35 to 1EFTS 3.9.39

    G-EBLH, D.H.9J 12.5.27 Crashed, Littlewick, near Maidenhead Fg Off William Alan Foot (27) killed (RAFO)

    2ERFTS Filton 28.5.23 Bristol (as Reserve School) to 2ERFTS .35 to 2EFTS 3.9.39

    G-EBML Bristol Jupiter Trainer 14.5.27 Hit tree after landing, Filton
    Plt Off Dawson injured Pupil unhurt

    3ERFTS Whitley 31.7.23 Armstrong Whitworth (as Reserve School) Hamble 1.4.31 to 3ERFTS .35 to 3EFTS 3.9.39
    - Was William Beardmore at Renfew: 1923 to 1928/1929 (closed):


    6964 G-EBOA Bristol Type 89 Jupiter Trainer - 10/3/1927 when stalled on take off crashed and caught
    fire at Renfrew Aerodrome, Glasgow, Scotland. Pilot - Flying Officer John Matthew Walker (RAFO, aged 27) - was killed.

    G-EBOD Bristol Jupiter Trainer - 25/5/27 - Crashed on embankment, near Pollokshields East station, Glasgow
    Fg Off Leonard Ernest Falla unhurt (RAFO)

    4ERFTS Brough 21.5.24 North Sea Aerial & General Transport (as Reserve School) Blackburn Aircraft to 4ERFTS .35 to 4EFTS 3.9.39

    Aircraft below (from article)

    Type 548A - Aircraft Converted From Type 504K
    Conversions by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd., Hamble, Hants.

    C/N Initial Registration Notes
    5100 G-EBIT
    5101 G-EBIU
    5102 G-EBIV

    T.2 Dart Civil Conversions
    3 aircraft built by The Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Co. Ltd, Leeds, Yorkshire for the North Sea Aerial and General Transport Co Ltd.
    Built between January and October 1925.

    C/N Initial Registration Notes
    8312/1 G-EBKF
    8312/2 G-EBKG
    8312/4 G-EBKH

    R.T.1 Kangaroo Civil Conversions

    either 2 from 4 aircraft converted by The Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Co. Ltd, Leeds, Yorkshire for the North Sea Aerial Navigation Co Ltd.

    3 aircraft completed as dual control trainers from unfinished airframes for the North Sea Aerial and General Transport Co Ltd.
    Delivered between January and October 1926.

    C/N Initial Registration Notes
    7469 G-EAIU ex B9973; 1924 converted to the prototype dual trainer 'Bonzo'
    G-EAMJ ex B9977; 1924 converted to dual trainer 'Felix the Cat'.
    8837 G-EBMD 'Wilfred'
    8839 G-EBOM 'Pip'
    8840 G-EBPK 'Squeak'

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