Windermere: birthplace of British naval and civil marine aeroplanes

Due to take off from Windermere on Thursday September 17 2015, the inaugural flight of a replica of revolutionary Waterbird has unfortunately had to be suspended until crucial final testing has been completed. Click here for more

The Lakes Flying Company Limited, a registered charity, has been set up to celebrate and to inform the public concerning the importance of the pioneering contribution made to the development of naval and civil marine aeroplanes by Captain Edward William Wakefield and of Waterbird at Windermere.

Waterbird was the first aeroplane to successfully take off from and alight on water in the British Empire (more precisely, the first outside France and the USA), on 25th November 1911.

It was the world's first successful flight to use a stepped float.

The charitable objects of the Lakes Flying Company Ltd include:

To advance the education of the Public by:
i. The construction, displays and flights of an airworthy replica of Waterbird;
ii. Exhibiting the replica in perpetuity;
iii. Providing historical and technical information regarding the historical context and design of Waterbird.

The airworthy replica of Waterbird will be known as 'Spirit of Wakefield'.

We have established an Adopt a Part Scheme, full details of which are here

You can view a photo of the replica build so far here

You can view information on the Waterbird float here