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Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)
Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)
Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)
Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)
Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)
Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)
Winifred J. Drinkwater (1913–1996)

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One of eight pillars, each containing an emblem referring to the area’s history, enclosed in a stainless-steel sphere. Winnie Drinkwater became one of Scotland's youngest private aircraft pilots. She developed her passion as an aviatrix and aeronautical engineering with the Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Company. She achieved her 'B' licence at the age of 19, making her probably the youngest female commercial pilot in the world. The small graphic on the right depicts her ready to crank one of the propellers of a three engined Airspeed Ferry which she piloted. Among her many achievements, she won the Mobil Oil Cup in 1931 and the Guild of Air Pilot's Instructors Certificate. Shortly after completing her training she flew what was perhaps the first commercial day return service between Glasgow and London in 1934.


Date

2005

Medium

bronze

Accession number

PA4_GB_S009

Work type

Sculpture

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

plaque: Winifred J. Drinkwater / In 1930 Winnie Drinkwater became one of / Scotland's youngest private aircraft pilots. / She developed her passion as an aviatrix 7 / aeronautical engineer with the Midland 7 / Scottish Air Ferries Company. / The panel depicts her ready to crank the / propeller of a three engined Airspeed Ferry / which she piloted. / Among her many achievements she won the / Mobil Oil Cup in 1931 and the Guild of Air / Pilot's Instructors Certificate. Shortly after / completing her training she flew perhaps the / first commercial day return service between / Glasgow and London in 1934.


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Located at

Lapwing Road, Renfrew

PA4 8SQ

Situated within Clyde View Park, alongside the main path through the park.