Aviation at Woodley - Year by Year
|Easter 1929||Airfield (then called Reading Aerodrome) opens.
Easter Monday - two serious accidents!
|May 1929||Flying school in operation with 18 pupils.
Alan Cobham's Flying Circus visits Woodley.
|1930||Reading Air Pageant.
Air Fete on Whit Monday attracted 20,000 people and included a parachute jump and flying upside down.
|July 1930||First fatal accident.|
|1931||Douglas Bader crashed at Woodley.|
|1932||First cine-film of a parachute jump taken from another parachutist.|
|1933||Miles Hawk M.2 completed and flown.|
|1934||Reading Aero Club "at home". Woodley visited by Amy Johnson.|
|1935||Phillips & Powis Aeronautical School set up. Tommy Rose won the King's Cup air race in the Miles Falcon.|
|1936||Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic, was at Woodley, and flew in the prototype M.11.|
|1937||The first Miles Magister christened by Blossom Miles.|
|1938||The Monarch,first aircraft to be designed by George Miles was a luxurious aircraft for private flying. With war looming, urgent need for a training aircraft for the RAF, the Kestrel was prepared for production.|
|1939||The Magister replacement design was stepped up. Factory urgently expands to meet wartime needs. By the outbreak of war, only 7 Masters complete.|
|1940||500 Masters delivered to RAF flying schools.|
|1941||Begin to develop the automatic pilot.|
|1942||Secret wind tunnel built behind farm buildings.|
|1943||Building for test pilots & emergency vehicles.|
|1944||Factory & RAF flying school operating at full capacity.|
|1945||Gemini makes it's first flight flown by F.G. Miles.|
|1946||Seven Martinets delivered to RAF. Cancellation of supersonic M.52 project.|
|1947||Aerovans and Marathons in production.|
|1948||Production of all Miles aircraft ceased.|