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Posted by: doug
« on: March 26, 2012, 19:57:29 »

the plaques are not on display in Macaries [Which has been sold and changed names] the plaques were never put on display at either end of the
course they sat in the council yard for years, when the council was having a clear up they were rescued by an employee who through more of history than the council. They were on display until the new ownersreturned them to the owner who has put them on loan to RAF Manston museum, where they are on display with the pilots uniform. film of the speed trials is also run.[ a later mark meteor is also on display]
Posted by: mmitch
« on: March 26, 2012, 19:16:05 »

Geoffrey deHavilland died in the DH 108 Swallow on the same course in September 1946.
Later record attempts were made off the Sussex coast near Tangmere.
Several record breaking aircraft are displayed at the museum there.
Posted by: BONZO
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:18:33 »

Extract from the Herne Bay Press Saturday 10th November 1945


Jet-propelled Planes Flash by at over 606 m.p.h. Flying his Gloster jet-propelled Meteor aeroplane "Britannia" over the Herne Bay course on Wednesday, Group captain H. J. Wilson set up a world record air speed of 606.25 miles per hour, all the conditions of the world record being fulfilled.

Mr Eric Greenwood who later in the day made an attack on the record in his new bright amber coloured Gloster jet-propelled Meteor (unnamed, but which might justly be titled the Golden Gleam), also surpassed the 600 m.p.h. speed, his checked average being 603 m.p.h.

The course of 3 kilometers to be covered four times starting opposite the Miramar Hotel on the East Cliffs along to the Reculver Towers. Group captain H. J. Wilson's four runs were 604, 608, 602, & 611m.p.h. respectively.

The previous record had been made in Germany in 1939 at 469 m.p.h.

In the Macari cafe on the corner of William Street and Central parade (on the sea front) you can see the bronze plaques that were erected to mark the air speed course . One was on the cliffs behind the Miramar Hotel that marked the Western end, and one by the Reculver Towers that marked the Eastern end of the course. The plaques are now on the wall amongst photographs of old Herne Bay in the Macari's cafe. They had to be removed from their original sites because of erosion of the cliffs by the North Sea

Posted by: BONZO
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:11:36 »

I was down at Herne Bay at the weekend and decided to see what the latest is on the Pier demolition / reconstruction.

Whilst looking at info on the web I came across this information.

The first jet airspeed record and the first airspeed record over 600 mph was made between Herne Bay Pier and Reculver by H J Wilson who broke the World Air Speed Record at 606 mph in a standard Gloster Meteor Mark IV in November 1945

Can't remember seeing any memorial plaque or information on the sea front.

(Have done a search but can't find any other threads on this).
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