Early Aviation Biplane In British India Era 1913

A rare and old 1913 print of early aviation in British India with a picture showing a biplane. This print is a page from the Times Of India newspaper’s supplement of 1913. One of the pictures shows the Commander-In-Chief leaving a biplane at Sitapur after a flight. The Commander-In-Chief was the head of the British Indian army and navy at the time.

Sitapur is located about 80 km from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh or United Provinces (before 1947). This little-known place was a military establishment with a cantonment and other significant installations in the colonial era. One of them was the Indian Central Flying School opened in 1913. It was under the command of Captain SD Massey of the 29th Punjab Regiment.

The flying instructors were officers from the army who were trained in England. The intention was to train selected officers who had an inclination for flying. For the purpose of setting up an Indian Flying Corps that was similar to the lines of the Royal Flying Corps of England. However, before anything could materialize properly, WWI broke out.

The officers and the aircraft were moved to Egypt to supplement the shortage of the European aviation division there. Accordingly, the Indian Central Flying School closed down in 1914. Thus leaving India without an airplane in World War I. What you see here is a rare glimpse of the early aviation biplane in the British India Era of 1913. We may not be entirely sure but this occasion could be the opening of the school. Notice the officers standing around possibly from the flying school. Click on the photo for better view.

See post Geoffrey Clarke Of First Airmail Flight in India 1911, Old Photo.

Did you know- the first flight on a monoplane piloted by Keith Davis took place at Allahabad in 1910.

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph 1894.,  Imperial Procession Delhi Durbar – Old Photo.,  US Navy Sailors In Mumbai – Old Postcard 1942.,  Standard “S” Vintage Car In Madras – Old Print 1914

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