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An aviation giant is born

Boxkites proved such a successful venture that the company directors first raised the capital to £50000 and then doubled it again to £100000 to cope with the demand for their flying machines. This was largely helped because of Sir George's vision in opening flying schools where purchasers could learn to fly this new technology properly. Douglas Graham Gilmour joined as a company demonstration pilot in 1910 and in his short career with the company proved the worth of a Boxkite when used as a regular cross country machine. He proved to be a skilful pilot but fell foul of the law and his contract was terminated at the end of 1911 shortly before he was killed in a tragic accident whilst flying a monoplane. By 1912 new and faster monoplanes began to appear and the directors foreseeing the advantages of aircraft during conflict began to investigate different designs.

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A Boxkite is made ready for a flying lesson

A Boxkite is made ready for a flying lesson
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A Boxkite airborne - this example is a replica made for the film 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines'

A Boxkite airborne - this example is a replica made for the film 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines'
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Douglas Gilmour an early intrepid aviator.

Douglas Gilmour an early intrepid aviator.
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