Colonel R L Preston CBE

Colonel R L Preston CBE (1902 - 1982)

Colonel Rupert L "Mossy" Preston was the Secretary-General of the Royal Aero Club from 1945 until 1959, and then its Honorary Secretary-General.

"Mossy" Preston had joined the Royal Aero Club in 1924 and founded the Household Brigade Flying Club in 1928. In 1932, he was elected as a member of the air touring committee; in 1935 he became the Club's representative on the council of the Air League; in 1937 he joined the racing committee; and in 1938, the main committee.

He was awarded the Club's Silver Medal for 1963 for 17 years' service as General Secretary of the Royal Aero Club, and for services to aviation.

"Mossy" Preston Postcard Albums

The Rupert L "Mossy" Preston collection comprises eleven albums with about 1,000 aviation postcards and photographs, dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. Some of the postcards are quite ordinary; others are rare. Many were sent through the post, and have become discoloured and stained. Taken together, they form a comprehensive gallery of pictures of pioneer aviators and early aircraft.

The images included in the eleven albums of postcards collected by "Mossy" Preston have been uploaded to the Picasa photo-sharing website, where they are available for viewing.


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