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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217825
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Type:Bristol Biplane Type T
Owner/operator:Gerald Francis Napier
Registration: 51
C/n / msn: 51
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Brooklands Aerodrome, Weybridge, Surrey
Destination airport:Brooklands Aerodrome, Weybridge, Surrey
On 2.8.1911 Bristol Biplane Type T No. 51, piloted by Gerald Napier Overbanked and side slipped into the ground, at Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey. Pilot Gerald Francis Napier (aged 19) was killed, his passenger - Edwin Laurie - was thrown clear and survived.

Biplane Type T No. 51 was one of four aircraft (after the prototype No.45) that were built for 1911 Daily Mail Circuit of Britain Air Race. (22 July-5 August 1911) with Race Numbers 15, 16,17 and 19.These differed from the design of No. 45 in having a modified nacelle and rudders placed further out, away from the slipstream of the engine.

No. 51 was to be flown by Graham Gilmour in the race (Race Number 15) but he was unable to compete because his licence had been suspended. After the race the aircraft was fitted with a 50 hp Gnome and sold to Gerald Napier but on 2 August 1911 it crashed at Brooklands, killing Napier.


1. The Fatal Accident At Brooklands". News. The Times (39654). London. 3 August 1911. col A, p. 4.
2. Barnes, C.H. Bristol Aircraft Since 1910, p. 59

Revision history:

14-Nov-2018 22:50 Dr.John Smith Added
19-Nov-2018 20:39 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Location]
19-Nov-2018 20:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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