A Blériot monoplane, piloted by W. B. R. Moorhouse — the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross — made an emergency landing on Parker’s Piece in 1911. A year later the British Army airship Beta II also made an emergency landing in Cambridge. Marshall’s, a local garage, came to the rescue and helped fix the aircraft. Today, Marshall Aerospace is one of the country’s biggest aerospace firms.
The company now operates out of Cambridge International Airport, which was a pilot training air base during World War II. Those interested in learning more about Cambridge’s aerial history should head to the Duxford Imperial War Museum, where visitors can relive a German bombing raid on the airfield in the interactive Operations Room exhibit.