In only four years from his first involvement with aviation in 1910, Cecil Howard Pixton established himself as a leading British pioneer aviator. He will forever be remembered as the first pilot to win the Schneider Trophy seaplane race for the Great Britain, which he did a century ago, on 20 April 1914, flying a Sopwith Tabloid. As well as describing that event, Philip Jarrett surveys his early flying with Avro, Bristol and Sopwith, and also looks briefly at his First World War career and his subsequent continued involvement in aviation.
About the speaker:
Philip Jarrett AMRAeS, Freelance Aviation Author, Editor and Consultant
Philip Jarrett is a freelance author, editor, sub-editor and consultant specialising in aviation. Philip is an internationally recognised authority on early aviation. He has edited many books and written numerous papers and articles on a wide variety of aeronautical subjects, as well as lecturing in both the UK and abroad. His biography of British aviation pioneer, Percy Pilcher, entitled Another Icarus, was published in 1987, and he was contributing series editor for the six published volumes in the Putnam’s History of Aircraft series, including Pioneer Aircraft: Early Aviation before 1914 (Putnam, 2002).