Hon. Charles S Rolls

Charles Stewart Rolls (1877 - 1910)

The Hon. C S Rolls was an aviation and motoring pioneer. He was a founding member of the Aero Club (later Royal Aero Club), and was issued with the second Aviator's Certificate by the Club. On 2 June 1910, he made the first non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by aeroplane. For this feat - which included the first east-bound Channel crossing - he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club.

On 12 July 1910, at the age of 32, Rolls was killed in an air crash at Bournemouth, when the tail of his Wright Flyer broke off during a flying display. A statue in his memory was erected in Agincourt Square in Monmouth.

Hon. CS Rolls Albums

Hon. C S Rolls Albums

With about 270 pages, these three albums cover far more than Rolls's aeronautical achievements. They begin with the early 19th century drawings he used for his lectures on the history of transportation. The albums continue with early school and university events, through all the key aviation events from his colourful career. The final album ends with the Royal telegrams to his family, expressing their sympathy on Rolls's death. These albums are a superb resource for interpreting more about Rolls's life and times.

The albums themselves are available for viewing by prior appointment in the Reading Room run by the Archive and Library of the Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL. Click here for the Reading Room Opening Hours.

Click on the links below to view each photo album.

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