A visit to Berkshire: The museum of Berkshire Aviation

No person can serve two masters for either they will hate the one, and love the other; or else they hold to the one and despise the other.

You can’t serve God and wealth.

Matthew 6 : 24
The Museum of Berkshire Aviation at Woodley.

You are looking into an extended hanger where it is so easy to be overwhelmed but for a good number of enthusiasts, who are happy to focus your attention and give plenty of information.

Woodley is famous for the Miles Aircraft factory on the former Reading Aerodrome. Miles designed and constructed aircraft and in particular one famous one, the Mohawk 20. This two seat, tandem cabin, aircraft was built in 1936 to Charles Lindbergh’s specifications.

The plane was for him to survey possible routes for Pan American Airways in Europe. Lindbergh and his wife flew it extensively during 1937 as far as Moscow and India. In 2011 this plane was found in a scrap yard in Spain. It was then taken to the US and then passed into the hands of the RAF Museum in the UK.

Below is a picture and an explanation of what Lindbergh was famous for.

May 20 – 21, 1927 Lindbergh made the first non – stop flight from New York to Paris, a distance of 3 600 miles, flying for 33.5 hours.

Some things that Lindbergh said which reflect a little on who he was:

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.

Charles Lindbergh

If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.

Time is no longer endless or the horizon destitute of hope.

Charles Lindbergh

He lived a secret life. Here is how this is: He had 6 children from his wife Anne, then three mistresses in Europe ( two sisters in Germany and another person.) They had seven children between them. This all remained a secret.

Then Reeve the youngest of Charles and Anne’s children wrote about her father’s infidelities and about her European brothers and sisters in an essay published in a book in 2008.

Lindbergh, Reeve Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Ageand Other Unexpected Adventures. New York Panthein Books ,2008.

She says this when writing about her father : ” I have the feeling he was the only person involved with all these families who knew the full truth, and I keep thinking that by the time he died in 1974, my father had made his life so complicated that he had to keep each part separate from the other parts. I don’t know why he lived this way, and I don’t think I ever will know, but what it means to me is that every intimate human connection my father had during his last years was fractured by secracy.”

Thank you for sharing this unusual experience with us. It was a ‘Roy’ outing but I can’t say I didn’t find it interesting.

Sandy 🙂

9 thoughts on “A visit to Berkshire: The museum of Berkshire Aviation

    1. Ah, should I be sorry? I think I would like to read the book too. His daughter seems to have come to some good conclusions. Two of the European children still haven’t given their identity… I guess by now they may have.

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  1. I’ve never read about the secret life of Lindbergh before. Wow! I’m glad his daughter was able to shed some light on the whole man and not just the part we read about in history books. It’s important to remember all men and women have weakness and secrets.


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