Paul De Lesseps during Burton Aviation week

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Date:26th of September 1910 - 1st of October 1910 (c.)

Description:The Burton Aviation week was staged at Bass's Meadow in Meadow Road, Burton.

Paul De Lesseps was the son of the builder of the Suez Canal. De Lesseps flew a Bleriot monoplane at the meeting. On the second day of the meeting, he lost his way during a cross country flight of 32 miles to Lichfield Cathedral and back. De Lesseps eventually landed in a field at Grange Farm, Harleston, near Lichfield. After an overnight stay, De Lesseps headed back towards Burton and managed to lose his way again, this time landing in a field near Nottingham, he finally arrived back in Burton having taken 2 days to complete what should have been a 30 minute flight.

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Source: Mr John Godwin

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