Time-line


Below are the major dates in the Brooklands Wireless Timeline

Date At Brooklands Brief Details
1897 (summer)   Two way Morse transmission from a military balloon took place in Berlin over a distance of some 13 miles or 21 Kilometres
1899 (July)   The first UK recorded use of wireless in aviation was a demonstration by the Marconi company to the Army authorities at Aldershot
1910 (27th Aug)   First air-to-ground (Morse) transmission in Brooklyn, NY America
1910 (27th September)   First air-to-ground (Morse) transmission in UK (Salisbury Plain)
1911 (September) Yes Trials of airborne wireless begun at Brooklands Aviation Ground using a Flanders monoplane with a Marconi timed spark transmitter operating from a 6volt battery
1912 (9th May) Yes World’s first successful two-way radio transmissions (using Morse code) made by Radio operator Mathieu with a Marconi receiver fitted in a Green-engined Flanders F3 monoplane flying over Brooklands
1912 (13th May) Yes Fatal crash of the above aircraft killing airborne wireless pioneer/pilot E V B Fisher and passenger Victor
1913 (January) Yes Brooklands Automobile Racing Club grants 3 year Lease on no.7 shed to the Royal Flying Corps
1914 (August) Yes Royal Flying Corps took over Marconi experimental establishment at Brooklands headed by R D Bangay
1915 (1st April) Yes Major increase in size of wireless training school at Brooklands by Major C E Prince & Major H C T Dowding
1915 (April) Yes Capt. J.M. Furnival hears the first voice transmission from ground to air (although in his unpublished book he says April 1916) using a wavelength of 300 metres; the trailing antenna was 250 feet in length.
1915 (Around 20th June) Yes First air-to-ground voice transmission at Brooklands over about 20miles (Note the 1912 two way air to ground first shown above was by Morse)
1915 (Summer) Yes Captain Peter Pendleton Eckersley sent to the training school at Brooklands as an RFC wireless equipment office he would later go on to went on to play a key role in the birth of British Broadcasting.
1915 (End)   Marconi started manufacture of airborne Morse and Voice transmitter weighing 20pounds
1916   First transmitter tests using valves for air-to-sea transmissions
1916 (September) Yes Experimental Wireless activities moved from Brooklands to Signals Experimental Establishment at Woolwich with some personnel going to Biggin Hill, but pilot training with radios remand at Brooklands
1917 Yes By 1917 the Brooklands Radio School had an output of 36 fighter pilots per week, fully trained in the use of wireless telephony equipment.
1919 (14/15th June)   Vickers Vimy crossed the Atlantic carrying Marconi wireless equipment and crewed by Alcock and Whitten Brown
1919   First civil aircraft wireless voice installation in a DH42 (G-EALU) using Marconi AD1/S
1921 (August)   First private telephone call from Croydon airport to 'City of London' a Vickers Vimy G-EASI, made by Sir Samuel Instone using a Marconi AD2

Below is a list of the major Vickers aircraft that were fitted with some form of Radio Equipment as Standard

Aircraft Type Manufactured Notes
Virginia 1922-1932 Possibly fitted with some form of Radio Communications Equipment (still researching)
Victoria 1922-1933 Possibly fitted with some form of Radio Communications Equipment (still researching)
Valentia 1934-1936 Possibly fitted with some form of Radio Communications Equipment (still researching)
Wellesley 1935-1938 T1083R1082
Wellington 1936-1945 T1083R1082 and T1154/R1155
Warwick 1939-1945 T1083R1082? and T1154/R1155
Viking (VC1) 1945-1950? T1154/R1155 Interesting Note: In 1950 Jock Bryce flew from Wisley in a specially equipped (by EMI) Valetta which became the first aircraft to transmit live TV pictures in the world. These were shown in a BBC program
Valetta 1947-1952  
Varsity 1949-1953?  
Viscount (VC2) 1948-1963  
Valiant 1951-1957  
Vanguard 1959-1963?  
VC10 1962-1966  
BAC 1-11 1963-1982  
BAC Concorde 1969-1978?  
Notes: 'Date Manufactured Range' is the date of first flight and the date the last production unit was delivered