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Eric Cecil Gordon England

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Eric Cecil Gordon England (1891-1976) F.R.AE.S., F.I.M.I., F.I.I.A., M.I.P.E., an early aviator, holder of various aircraft and motor body patents.

1891 Born in Concordia, Argentine Republic, the son of George England

Premium apprentice at G.N.R. Works, Doncaster

1909 June. Made his first height-gaining glider flight, at Amberley near Parham, in the Jose Weiss-built glider. This is considered to be the birth of soaring.

1911 Robert Martin 33, foreign banker, lived in Camberwell with his son Helmuth Martin 27, engineering employer (aviation), Charles Otto Blagden 46, son in law, Minnie Von Radowitz 32, daughter, and a visitor Eric Cecil Gordon England 19, aviator[1]

1911 Gained his aviator's certificate (No. 68), and achieved fame as a test pilot.

Engineer and Pilot, Weiss Co.

Designer and Pilot, British and Colonial Aeroplane Co.

1912. Designed the Bristol Gordon England Biplane.

1912 Left British and Colonial, once he had completed 2 tractor biplanes that were under construction[2]

Designer, Radley England Ltd.

Test Pilot and Consultant, J. S. White and Co

WWI Ran three aircraft works employing 2,000 people.

1915 Designed and constructed a "Baby Peugeot" motorcar which he demonstrated at Hendon[3]

Post-WWI: Joined his father's motor agency: George England Ltd. Invented the Gordon England Motor Car Body and turned his attention to motor racing.

1920s Raced the Austin 7; held nineteen 750cc class records

General Manager (Aircraft), Frederick Sage and Co Ltd.

Managing Director, Gordon England, Ltd.

1930s Director, Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd.

Resigned to take up Managing Directorship of General Aircraft Ltd., also became associated with Aero Engines Ltd.

1939 Managing Director, General Aircraft Ltd., Feltham; Deputy Chairman, Aero Engines Ltd., Bristol.

1949 Aeronautic engineer; appointed executor for his father's estate[4]

1953 Managing Director, Multicone Ltd., Luton.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. Flight 30 Nov 1912
  3. Flight 15 Oct 1915
  4. national probate calendar