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Michael John Law

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089190

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089190.001.0001

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Suburban Air-Mindedness

Suburban Air-Mindedness

(p.57) 4 Suburban Air-Mindedness
The experience of suburban modernity

Michael John Law

Manchester University Press

Airmindedness was an inter-war governmental campaign to raise awareness of how important flight would be to Britain’s economic and military future. This campaign had much resonance in London’s suburbia as this was the home to a large concentration of commercial and military airfields. Visiting these airfields and airports, suburban Londoners grew familiar with all aspects of flight. They flew themselves in ‘five-bob flips’ over the airfield, they came to Croydon airport to observe the modernity of European passenger flights and to welcome famous fliers such as Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh. At Hendon they enjoyed RAF display days, where mass audiences observed the latest in flying. The modernity of flight was resisted by some because of its associated noise, accidents and militarism.

Keywords:   Airmindedness, Suburbia, London, Inter-war, Aviators, Air displays

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