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Baird of Bute award announced and 2012 event (third) on Bute

Early monoplaneHaving only come into being during 2010, I was more than a little pleased to see that the Baird of Bute Society was still going strong, and that the 2012 Baird of Bute Festival had been announced for September 22 on the commemorative web site: Baird of Bute Home – First all-Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight

First Scottish powered flight

For those unfamiliar with the event, it commemorates the events of September 3, 1920, when Bute blacksmith Andrew Baird, and aviation enthusiast of the time, achieved the “first all-Scottish Heavier-than-air Powered Flight”, and which we summarised here: The first Scottish powered flight when the first commemoration took place on Bute in 2010.

Baird of Bute Society Scottish Aviation Award

The society has created this award, to be presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to aviation in Scotland and in so doing provides an inspiration to the youth of Scotland.

The first recipient of this new award in 2012 has been named as Mr Scott Grier OBE, Chairman of Loganair Limited, Scotland’s airline, which celebrates its own semi-centennial 50th year of operation at the same time.

Mr Grier will be officially presented with award at the Baird Airstrip, Kingarth, as part of the annual Baird of Bute celebrations on Saturday, September 22.

The society will also launch its first publication during Saturday’s event , a book entitled ‘Andrew Blain Baird – Aviation Pioneer’, and plans to place a copy in the library of each school in Scotland.

See Baird of Bute launch new award – Local Headlines – The Buteman for more details, and where updates will be published with more information about events being held on the island during the day of the event.

From the archives:

Baird airstrip

Baird airstrip opening (from 2010) – Courtesy of Zak

Seen holding the new sign for airstrip are Andrew Blain Baird II and Andrew Blain Baird III.


September 7, 2012 - Posted by | Aviation, Transport | , , , , ,

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