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Robert Cooke Fenwick

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Robert Cooke Fenwick (1884-1912) was an aviation pioneer, who lost his life while flying on the 13th August 1912

1884 Born in South Shields

ACCIDENT ON SALISBURY PLAIN.— Report on the fatal accident to Mr. Robert Cooke Fenwick, when flying on Salisbury Plain, on Tuesday, August 13th, 1912. Mr. R. C. Fenwick, flying on a Mersey monoplane fitted with a 45-h.p. Isaacson engine, had been in the air about two minutes, and, when about 200 ft. high, was seen to be in difficulties. The aircraft dived for about 50 ft., recovered an even keel, and then made a vertical dive to the ground. The aviator was killed instantaneously. [1]

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  1. Flight magazine of 21st September 1912 [1]