RAF Air Marshal Sir Robert Victor Goddard claimed to have experienced an amazing sight as he flew over a base in East Lothian.
While a time-traveller yesterday claimed to have returned from the year 2030 with news about US presidents, one pilot believed he experienced his own time-travel story in Scotland.
RAF Air Marshal Sir Robert Victor Goddard was a senior commander during the Second World War, and during a flying mission in 1939 he believed he experienced what time-travel buffs refer to as a “time slip”.
He was flying over a disused air force base in the village of Drem, East Lothian, when he claimed to have seen it change before his very eyes.
In his book Time Travel: A New Perspective, J.H. Brennan wrote: “In 1935, while still a Wing Commander, he was sent to inspect a disused airfield near Edinburgh at a place called Drem. He found it in a very dilapidated state with cattle grazing on grass that had forced through cracks in the tarmac.
“Later that day, he ran into trouble while flying his biplane in heavy rain and decided to fly back to Drem to get his bearings.
“As he approached the airfield the torrential rain abruptly changed to bright sunlight.
“When he looked down he saw the airfield had been completely renovated and was now in use. There were mechanics in blue overalls walking around and four yellow planes parked on the runway.
“One of these was a model which, for all his aviation experience, he completely failed to recognise.”
The base at Dream was eventually resurfaced in 1939, and went on to become an air defence fighter unit for Edinburgh during the Second World War.
Goddard’s alleged ‘time slip’ is made all the more believable by the fact that while RAF training planes were simply a silver, aluminium colour in 1935, they began to be painted in a distinctive yellow colour soon after.
And around the same time, the air force changed their mechanic overalls from tan to blue.
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