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DICKSON, Bertram FRGS (1873-1913)

Born Edinburgh, Scotland. In September 2010 a fly-past of historic aircraft took place on Salisbury Plain to mark the centenary of the day he persuaded key political and army figures of the importance of air power. Aviation historian Michael Hickey said ” His (Dickson’s) personal belief in the urgent need for air-power in 1910 and his fight to achieve his goals, have established him in history as the founder of British military aviation.” He is widely considered to be the father of the Royal Flying Core, precursor of the RAF. He also holds two records. The first British serviceman to qualify as a pilot, and along with Rene Thomas of France, the first aviators to have had a mid-air collision. Both survived the experience.

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