The Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls was an accomplished cyclist, a leading pioneer
in motoring, motor racing, ballooning and flying. On 02June1910 Rolls made a return
flight across the channel without landing and proved that Britain was no longer an
island and therefore vulnerable to airborne attack.
The first International Aviation Meeting in Great Britain was part of the Centenary
celebrations of Bournemouth in 1910 at which the tail of his aircraft collapsed during
a spot landing contest on 12th July. Rolls was the first Briton to die in a powered