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Aeronautical Institute of Great Britain

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of Lincoln's Inn Fields (1919)

1915 Formed on September 30th 1915 at a meeting at the Royal Society of Arts presided over by Sir William M. Ramsay. The Institute would have 3 principal functions: aircraft production, aeronautical progress and aeronautical propaganda[1]

1916 Sir Hiram Maxim became the first president of the association.[2]

WWI The institute was responsible for construction of an experimental direct-lift flying machine, which was taken over by the Ministry of Munitions, a portable bridge made of bamboo, a plan for aerial offensive in Belgium and training for candidates for commissions in the Air Services[3]

1919 The Institute advertised its 4th Aeronautical Engineering course, of university level education, intended for resettlement of ex-RAF officers[4]

1920 Lucien Blin Desbleds, and Colonel Frederick Natusch Maude were summoned before magistrates for carrying on business as the Aeronautical Institute of Great Britain without having furnished particulars under the Registration of Business Names Act[5] but the case was dismissed because there was no evidence that the Institute had been run for profit[6]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 01, 1915
  2. The Engineer 1916/05/19, p 431
  3. The Times Nov 08, 1920
  4. The Times, Jun 05, 1919
  5. The Times , Oct 28, 1920
  6. The Times Nov 08, 1920