Samuel Franklin Cody


On 16 October 1908 Cody’s British Army Aircraft Number One – known as the ‘Cody Flyer’ took off on Farnborough Common. It made it to a height of 16-20 feet above the ground, flew over a clump of trees before crash landing after being hit by a gust of wind. He had been in the air for just 30 seconds but it is credited as being the first powered, controlled flight ever in the UK.

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One Response to Samuel Franklin Cody

  1. rapier 16 October, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    That Magnificent Man in his Flying Machine ….

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