'To fly over water is certainly
to taste to the full the joy of flight,
and when the water is Windermere and the scenery the pick of English Lakeland, which is to many a traveller the pick of the whole world in its soft intimate loveliness, the result is something not lightly forgotten'

Gertrude Bacon in 1912
The Lakes Flying Company Ltd, 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 aviation by Captain Edward William Wakefield of Kendal and of Waterbird.

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 the 25th November 1911 at Windermere.

The charitable objects of the Lakes Flying Company Ltd are:

a. To establish and maintain a museum for the benefit of the public, that will tell the story of early powered seaplanes with the emphasis on the history of their early development and their activities in and around Windermere and the Lake District.
b. 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.

To complete the build of Waterbird, we need to raise a further £160,000. To that end, we have established an Adopt a Part Scheme, full details of which are here

You can view a photo of the build so far here

The wings of the replica Waterbird will be detachable for ease of transport, and it will be readily interchangeable between being a seaplane and a landplane. The Waterbird Project also aims to develop suitable facilities for Waterbird's storage, maintenance and operation.