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Walter George Windham

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Commander Sir Walter George Windham (1868-1942) was a British pioneer of aviation, described by The Times as "a guiding genius behind British aviation", who established the world's first airmail services

1868 September 15th. Born

1904 "WINDHAM, Lieut. W. G., Battersea Rise House, Clapham Common (West Side), London, S.W. Is a King's Messenger and the first motorist to carry the King's despatches in a motor-car. Hobbies: Sports of all kinds; swimming — possesses four medals, one from the King, and the other three for life saving, and has twice been recommended for the Albert medal. Thinks that the motorist who employs a chauffeur loses one-half of the charms of motoring. Is a strong, advocate of simplicity in motor construction. Is a major in the Motor Volunteer Corps." [1]

1905 Wrote 'Hints and Tips' on motoring

1908 Founded the Aeroplane Club

In December 1910, Windham made the first passenger flight in Asia and, in 1911, he founded the world's first two airmail services: the first, established in February 1911, from Allahabad crossing the Ganges, and the second, established in September 1911, between Hendon and Windsor.

1942 July 5th. Died

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Sources of Information

  1. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904