The Cierva C30P, G-ACIN, autogyro used in 1934

A Flight In India 99

Police Aviation - A Chronology.

Police Aviation 1914 - 1990

Sidney James Chamberlain OBE DFC 1899 - 1974

The First Helicop.

West Essex Aviation,Crashes & Mishaps, The Early Years.

West Essex Aviation,Crashes & Mishaps, Between The Wars (Peacetime)

West Essex Aviation,Crashes & Mishaps, WW2.

On board with London’s sky police (2016) Part 1       A Modern Viewpoint!

On board with London’s sky police (2016) Part 2

Charles Chabot - Aviator, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force and Pioneer.

"The primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of crime: the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed. To these ends all the efforts of police must be directed. The protection of life and property, the preservation of public tranquillity, and the absence of crime, will alone prove whether those efforts have been successful and whether the objects for which the police were appointed have been attained."

(Sir Richard Mayne, 1829.)


Wing Commander Charles James Chabot flew in both WW1 and WW11. In WW1 he learned to fly in a Maurice Farman Longhorn, logging a whole 55 minutes of instruction (during which he stood behind the pilot and observed the proceedings with little or no hands-on contact with the controls) before being sent solo.

In WW1 he flew a number of types including Bleriot, BE's, SE5A's, Sopwith Camel's, Bristol Fighter, and even a Blackburn Kangaroo. He flew Camels on night air defence until the inevitable happened and the engine stopped. He glided down from a great height and in his own words "made lots of little landings" when the altimeter read zero. One of these 'little landings' connected with the ground, and to his considerable surprise the Camel rolled placidly to a stop. Chabot climbed out, and not knowing where he was, started walking west to be on the safe side. He then fell into a shell-hole in the dark and hurt himself....

In WW11 he ended up in Accident Investigation, mostly in South Africa, where he did indeed have a Spitfire as his personal transport, and (among other things) discovered the cause of glue-failures which were destroying Mosquitos operating in hot climates. (No mean feat, that, since a Mosquito which has suffered a structural failure at height does not generally leave a lot of remains to be investigated).

Chabot died suddenly of natural causes in 1983, at the age of 93. He was cheery and sprightly to the end.

Wing Commander Charles James Chabot

Here is a three part documentary on Wing Commander Charles James Chabot first shown on The Discovery Channel.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three                                           The following is a brief acknowledgement of Chabot by Brian Lecomber

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