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A Place in History


At 9.13pm on May 13, 73 years ago, a large crowd gathered around the Ainsdale and Birkdale foreshore, just to the south of Southport, to witness the take-off of a twin-engined monoplane destined for New York, the Lockheed Electra. The plane was stocked with 1,300 gallons of fuel in a specially modified cabin area. It took off to the sounds of applause and cheers from the crowd and arrived in New York 24 hours and 22 minutes later.


The "Daily Express" was the name given to the plane, classified as the first commercial trans-Atlantic flight from the UK to the USA.

The plane was specially commissioned to shuttle back newsreel footage and photographs of the May 12, 1937 coronation of King George VI in London, and because of this, it also became known as the "Coronation Flight". But unfortunately, the Coronation newsreel was delayed and did not arrive in Southport in time to catch the flight.

On June 4 a sculpture was installed on the Shore Road roundabout, marking Ainsdale's place in aviation history.

A Place in History


At 9.13pm on May 13, 73 years ago, a large crowd gathered around the Ainsdale and Birkdale foreshore, just to the south of Southport, to witness the take-off of a twin-engined monoplane destined for New York, the Lockheed Electra. The plane was stocked with 1,300 gallons of fuel in a specially modified cabin area. It took off to the sounds of applause and cheers from the crowd and arrived in New York 24 hours and 22 minutes later.


The "Daily Express" was the name given to the plane, classified as the first commercial trans-Atlantic flight from the UK to the USA.

The plane was specially commissioned to shuttle back newsreel footage and photographs of the May 12, 1937 coronation of King George VI in London, and because of this, it also became known as the "Coronation Flight". But unfortunately, the Coronation newsreel was delayed and did not arrive in Southport in time to catch the flight.

On June 4 a sculpture was installed on the Shore Road roundabout, marking Ainsdale's place in aviation history.

comments (13)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Jun 2010, 05:40
This is just glorious as a silhouette, Les. I'm not sure you could have presented it any better than this!
Les Auld: Just a small crop Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jun 2010, 06:58
Wow - a fine image & interesting historic story Les
Les Auld: It is Quite Interesting Chris, thanks for the comment.
Great bit of history to go with this cracking shot Les
Les Auld: It is indeed Bill, thanks for the comment.
I've not heard of this before, as others have said great image and history
Les Auld: Neither had I until the sculpture was erected Nigel, there must be many such pieces of history around waiting to be discovered. Thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jun 2010, 08:03
You made an excellent picture of the sculpture.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, it just came together.
  • KiMeRa
  • Spain
  • 14 Jun 2010, 10:26
great shot, beautiful tones and silhouette... beautiful sculpture
Les Auld: Many thanks, Appreciate the comment.
Great against the setting sun and some interesting history.
Les Auld: Seemed to work John, thanks for the comment.
I thought this was an unflyable plane from the thumbnail. Glad to see it is a sculpture. Wonderful way to show it off.
Les Auld: I think it would fall out of the sky if it attempted to fly Mary, thanks for the comment.
terrific silhouette, Les, with a stunning sunset!!
Les Auld: Thanks Charles, appreciate the comment.
A fine shot of the statue Les and what a fascinating bit of our history.
Les Auld: It is Quite Interesting Brian, thanks for the comment.
a place in history and maybe a place on the wall Les, superb shot smile
Les Auld: I'll consider it Tim, thanks for the comment.
A super shot Les..Really good.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, appreciate the comment.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jun 2010, 19:08
Absoultely stunning shot. 10/10 Les
Les Auld: Thanks for the accolade Savo.

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