It is not generally appreciated that British Military Aviation has its roots very firmly planted in the grass of Salisbury Plain. In 1909 a civilian experimenter, Heratio Barber, obtained permission from the War Office to use a piece of land south of the Packway on Knighton Down, known to locals as the Hill of the Larks. This improbable stretch of rough downland turf at Larkhill certainly would not be selected as a suitable flying ground for the aircraft of today, even with their advanced technology. Pilots of 1910 were incredibly brave but perhaps somewhat foolhardy they did not know how to fly, or indeed if their aeroplanes were capable of flight, yet they chose to experiment using flying grounds of such appalling quality. In June 1910, the newly established British and Colonial Aeroplane Company gained permission to use the area to test their new Box Kites and as a school to train pilots. Sited well to the south of the Government hanger the three unit shed had to be built so that it would not block the traditional view of the sun rise during the summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, the gap between the hangers eventually became known as the "Sungap". Today the spot is marked by a small concrete plinth and a brass plaque. To claim this cache please take a photo of the plaque with you or your GPSr in the shot and post on your log. If you do not have a camera then please answer this question by e-mail. What is the number directly opposite the cache? We will NOT accept a screen shot of the co-ordinates from your Smart Phone. If you fail to follow these instructions or send the CO an email with the answer, in a reasonable time, your log WILL be deleted!
The three unit sheds can still be seen a short distance from the cache. They are now in use by the military.
Why not find the Multi-Cache "19 May 1912" GC4JQHC by thewooks which starts from these historic sheds.
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