Bi-Plane over Canvey 1935

Canvey Pleasure trips

Although this clip is in very poor condition I have added it as it was a very rare film of the bi-plane that used to give pleasure trips round Canvey Island. You can see it taking off, landing, doing rolls and flying over houses. You will also see many Canvey bungalows. Not sure where abouts this was taken perhaps you can tell me? I think the plane used to work from a field near the casino. According to Dowd’s Canvey Cyclopedia :-

  • Joyflights’ in an aeroplane came in the form of a modified Avro 504K whose rotary engine had been replaced by a post-war radial engine. In the early 1930s it took off from a site which is now Furtherwick Park School; when its flying days were over the fuselage was supposedly used as a tea-room – rather cramped, one would imagine.

Looking again at the clip I would say there are two different planes the very last part of the clip ‘G-EBLF’ looks like the Large Bi Plane that George Chambers mentions in his memories which you can read here

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