Fliers Arrive at Brough
Begin 6th Division of World Flight
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
Shortly after 9 we left for the field and at 11 left for Brough. The trip up was pleasant passing over the outskirts of London, Wembly, a lot of airdromes, and passing several planes which would come up alongside, look us over, wave, and then depart.
At 1:10 we landed at the Brough airdrome amid a small but enthusiastic gathering. The shops & plant of the Blackburn Company are fine, and after lunch we went to work & by evening had all three motors ready to lift out.
The Blackburn Co. entertained us at their club in the evening where we had a dinner & a dance -- and a lot of fun.
by Lt. L. H. Smith, Commanding
This morning, at 11:15, the flight departed for Brough, the beginning of the 6th Division. The route followed was a direct line from the Croyden Field to Brough, over a thoroughly good flying country where there were a number of stations established by the Royal Air Force, as well as a number of emergency landing fields, all of them being very plainly marked. At Brough, the planes landed at 1:10 p.m., on a small test field used by the Blackburn Aircraft Corporation. At Brough, assurance was received of the hearty cooperation of the Blackburn Aircraft Corporation and the flight immediately began preparations for the 6th Division.
by Lt. E. H. Nelson, "New Orleans" Pilot
All three planes placed in hangar at Blackburn Aircraft Company. All cowling, propellers, radiators, engines, tail skid shock absorber assemblies removed. Planes thoroughly cleaned, gasoline and oil tanks drained and flushed; all rigging wires scraped, polished and repainted; all metal parts in fuselage heavily coated with No-oxide; ailerons removed; fairings strips reinforced where fabric attached to same. These strips had been destroyed by the damp and hot climates recently passed through. New engines were installed in all planes, landing gears removed and pontoons installed. NC type propellers and standard size radiators installed, engines thoroughly checked over and adjusted, all aluminum cowling painted with aluminum gilt. All compasses compensated for deviation. Planes launched in river and given short flight test prior to takeoff to Kirkwall.
[Note: work took from July 17th to July 30th]