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JOHN WESTON, THE "GRANDFATHER OF AVIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA"

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Author(s): J.J. Oberholzer

Journal: Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies
ISSN 2224-0020

Volume: 3;
Issue: 6;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: M. J. L. Weston | training of our first military aircraft pilots | establishment of a South African Air Force | South African Flying School | civil and military aviation

ABSTRACT
In "Militaria" 2/1 (1970) mention was made of M. J. L. Weston, D.Sc., F.R.G.S., F.R.S.A., A.I.E.E. in relation to the training of our first military aircraft pilots and the proposed establishment of a South African Air Force as well as a South African Flying School (p. 14 et seq). He was a consulting engineer and one of the foremost stalwarts in the field of civil and military aviation and the manufacture of aircraft in our country. Dr. Weston directed a request at the beginning of 1913, as mentioned in this publication, to the then Under Secretary for Defence, with a view to acquiring the authority to train military aircraft pilots, but without success.

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