Henri Farman Bends the Rules

A Farman F.60 Goliath at Toussos-le-Noble before a flight to London.
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On 8th February 1919, pilot Lieutenant Bossoutrot ¬†flew from Toussus-le-Noble to Kenley in a Farman F60 Goliath, with thirteen military personnel on board…

The purpose of this flight remains somewhat obscure, but it was possibly an attempt, by Henri Farman, to circumvent British objections to a commercial passenger service between France and Britain. The French authorities gave him the go-ahead but in Britain there were still wartime restrictions on civilian flying in place.

Farman cunningly persuaded the French government to buy his “Aerobus” and then filled it with military types, circumventing the British restrictions by making the flight ‘military’ and gaining himself considerable prestige. By September, French aircraft were flying into Hounslow and by the following year Farman Goliaths were operating a regular passenger service from London to Paris out of Croydon.

Source: RAF Kenley by Peter Flint

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