N.F. 11s for Denmark

Last Friday, November 28th, four Armstrong Whitworth Meteor N.F. 11s were delivered to Denmark - the first of a "substantial order" placed by the Danish Government as foreshadowed in Flight some months ago. In the words of Mr. H.M. Woodhams, C.B.E., F.R.Ae.S., Armstrong Whitworth managing director, "since these aircraft form the backbone of Western Europe's night air defence , the total number to be delivered to Denmark cannot be revealed." He said: "When accepting this big new export order we made plans to ensure the uninterrupted flow of N.F. 11s to the R.A.F. Ready co-operation between management and employees in these plans guarantees fulfilment of the dual commitment." Deliveries, it is stated, will be made over a fairly long period. The initial four aircraft, fully equipped and wearing Danish Air Force insignia, were collected by Danish pilots, who flew them off immediately.

Austers in Japan

In keeping with the enterprising sales policy which has shown such excellent results in the post war years, the chief test pilot of Auster Aircraft Ltd., Ranald Porteous, has been giving a series of highly successful demonstrations to potential buyers in Japan. One of his displays - at Tamagawa, on the outskirts of Tokyo - was given an honour of the Crown Prince of Japan, whose proclamation as heir-apparent was made on the same day. Included in the repertoire of aerobatics was the so-called "avalanche" - a flick roll at the summit of a loop - which Porteous first performed in public at Farnborough last September. This breath-taking manoeuvre had the desired effect on the display-starved Japanese audience of 20,000. Similar displays were given at Osaka and Hamanatsu, which is likely to be the centre of that country's air force and if and when rearmament is permitted.


An airport employee who cycled across a runway at Northolt in the path of a landing aircraft was fined £5 at Uxbridge last week. The pilot had to lift the aircraft in order to avoid him.

Old boys' new name

The name of the association of past students of the College of Aeronautics has been changed from the Cranfield Aeronautical Society to "The Cranfield Society".

Source: Flight International