Group Captain Edward Lucas Mole B.Sc. ( August 12th, 1906 - July 1997 ) was born in Birmingham ( West Midlands, England ).
He was educated at King Edward's School ( Birmingham ) and Birmingham University. Edward L. Mole then became a Junior Scientific Officer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment ( R.A.E. ) in Farnborough ( Hampshire, England ).
In 1929, he was commissioned in the Royal Air Force ( R.A.F., 192829 ). As one of the pionneers of the British gliding movement, he held the Certificate No. 6. In 1931, he won the British Endurance gliding record ( 6 hours and 10 minutes ). The same year, he performed the longest British aero towed glider flight ( London - Blackpool ) and returned with a passenger.
In 1932, Edward D. Mole participated in gliding demonstration during the Royal Air Force Display ( previously known as the R.A.F. Pageant ) at R.A.F. Hendon ( London, England ). Still in 1932, he broke the British gliding height record of 1450 feet in Yorkshire ( England ). He then has been posted to No. 2 ( A.C. ) Squadron ( Army Co - operation ) at R.A.F. Manston ( near Ramsgate, Kent, England ).
During the Second World War, he was closely connected with the technical development of military gliders which were used so successfully by British Airborne Forces. After D - Day, Edward L. Mole was seconded to B.O.A.C. as Manager of their Development Flight, newly established to test the planned range of post - war civil airliners on their routes. He later joined the National Gas Turbine Establishment at Farnborough as R.A.F. Representative responsible for liaison between Technical Staff and R.A.F. Squadrons then becoming equipped with jet aircraft.
After retirement from the R.A.F., he was appointed Director of Civil Aviation in the Bahamas in charge of Nassau International Airport. Subsequently he started his own aviation consultancy business in London ( England ).
Group Captain Edward L. Mole B.Sc. passed away in Lambeth ( Greater London, England ), at the age of 91.
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