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Don Robertson, AFC (1908-1999)
De Havilland Moth Minor, G-AFPN, is well-known at Shobdon Airfield (below left – and earlier, below right) in her splendid all-red finish. In 1953, she won the Grosvenor Challenge Cup and came third in the King’s Cup Air Race, piloted by D R Robertson, who owned her from 1951 to 1961. But Don (Donald Russell) Robertson had other notable achievements, including: flying mail into the Canadian Arctic; providing air cover for North Russian convoys; flying as a Naval test pilot at Boscombe Down; and chairing the Hovercraft company. These and other stories are amusingly told in Don’s autobiographies, “Those Magnificent Flying Machines” and “The Urge to Fly”. Used copies are currently available on Amazon for only 1p (plus p&p). Well worth a read. Although the Trust has limited resources and is unable to conduct personal research, it is always open to suggestions for suitable projects that will increase the knowledge and awareness of the history of the Royal Aero Club.