Reg Yorke September 2010
On Friday 14th May, a milestone in Merseyside’s aviation history was marked by a celebratory fly-
The centenary event was organised by Formby Civic Society, National Trust, Southport Air Show, Sefton Council, Manchester Science and Industry Museum, RAF Woodvale and Southport Shore Interest Group to celebrate the 100th anniversary of pioneer pilot C. Compton Paterson’s first flight from Freshfield shore in his Curtiss biplane – making him the first man to take to the skies on Merseyside.
Seven vintage planes left RAF Woodvale and flew along the coastline to mark the occasion. They included a 1943 Harvard Mark III, a 1948 Piper Vagabond and a 1946 Piper J3 Cub.
Tony Corfield, head of tourism at Sefton Council, said: “We are very proud of our aviation links in Sefton and the organised fly-
Howard Carby, station commander at RAF Woodvale, added: “We enjoy our close links with the community and we were both proud and privileged to be a part of this celebration.”
The Centenary will again be celebrated at this year’s Southport Airshow in September.