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Narrative:25.5.1911 ASL Valkyrie Type A No. 7, Valkyrie School: Written off (damaged beyond repair) when stalled attempting gliding descent and dived in from approximately 100 feet (30 metres), at Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex. Pilot - Bernard Greenwood Benson (aged 20) - was killed. This accident it believed to be the first fatal aircraft accident at Hendon. According to the Wikipedia entry for this aircraft type:
|Type:||ASL Valkyrie Type A |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex -
|Departure airport:||Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex|
|Destination airport:||Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
"Although they were considered tricky to fly, by contemporary standards the Valkyrie monoplane was a successful design. Most of the aircraft produced were used for training and exhibition purposes, principally at the ASL's flight school at Hendon. On 25 May 1911 a six-week-old Valkyrie from the Valkyrie school crashed killing the student pilot Bernard Benson, only the third Briton to be killed in an aircraft accident."
3. "Airman Killed at Hendon - Pupil's Fatal Flight". News. The Times (39595). London. 25 May 1911. col C, p. 9.
4. Flight magazine 5 June 1911 page 480 at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1911/1911%20-%200478.html
6. Grace, Terry and Wilson, Maggie; "Airy Somethings ; The Extraordinary life of the Pioneer Aviator Horatio Barber" Amazon, 2019.