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Balfour, Harold Harington, first Baron Balfour of Inchrye (1897–1988), airman, businessman, and politician, was born on 1 November 1897 in Farnham, Surrey, the younger son and second of the three children of Colonel Nigel Harington Balfour OBE, a serving officer, of Belton, Camberley, Surrey...

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Noel Pemberton Billing (1881–1948) by Elliott & Fry, 1920s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Billing, Noel Pemberton (1881–1948), aviator and self-publicist, was born on 31 January 1881 in Hampstead, the youngest child of Charles Eardley Billing, a Birmingham iron-founder, and his wife, Annie Emilia Claridge. He was educated at the high school, Hampstead; Cumming's College, outside Boulogne...

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John Theodore Cuthbert Moore- Brabazon, first Baron Brabazon of Tara (1884–1964) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1940 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brabazon, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-, first Baron Brabazon of Tara (1884–1964), aviator and politician, was born in London on 8 February 1884, the younger son in the family of two sons and two daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel John Arthur Henry Moore-Brabazon (1828–1908), landowner, of ...

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Guest, Frederick Edward (1875–1937), politician and promoter of aviation, was born in London on 14 June 1875, the third son in the family of five sons and four daughters of Ivor Bertie Guest, first Baron Wimborne (1835–1914), and his wife, Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria (1847–1927)...

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Douglas Douglas- Hamilton, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973) by Bassano, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Douglas Douglas-, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973), boxer, aviator, and politician, was born on 3 February 1903, the eldest of the seven children of Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, ...

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Hamilton, Sir James Arnot (1923–2012), aeronautical engineer and civil servant, was born on 2 May 1923 at 18 Kirkhill Road, Penicuik, Midlothian, the son of Andrina Hamilton (d. 1995), a milliner. His mother later married Walter Hogarth, a furniture salesman. Educated at ...

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Herbert, Auberon Thomas [Bron], eighth Baron Lucas of Crudwell and fifth Lord Dingwall (1876–1916), politician and airman, was born at Ashley, Hampshire, on 25 May 1876, second of the two sons and third of the four children of the Hon. Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert (1838–1906)...

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Perring, William George Arthur (1898–1951), aerodynamicist and government scientist, was born on 16 December 1898 in Gillingham, Kent, the eldest son of John Richard Brooking Perring, a shipwright, and his wife, Alice Johns, both formerly of Devon. In 1913 he commenced a seven-year apprenticeship at the ...

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William George Arthur Perring (1898–1951) by Bassano, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tytler, James [called Balloon Tytler] (1745–1804), balloonist and radical, was born on 17 December 1745 at the manse at Fern, Forfarshire, the fourth child of George Tytler (1705/6–1785), Church of Scotland minister in the presbytery of Brechin, and his wife, Janet Robertson (...

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James Tytler (1745–1804) by Hannah Crowninshield, 1804 photography courtesy Peabody Essex Museum

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Wimperis, Harry Egerton (1876–1960), government scientist, was born on 27 August 1876 at 47 Brighton Road, South Hornsey, London, the only son of Joseph Price Wimperis, a mercantile clerk, later a timber merchant, and his wife, Jemima Samuel, or Wood-Samuel. After his father's early death his mother struggled to educate him. He was apprenticed at the locomotive works of the ...