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 25 November 1911.
It was the world's first successful flight to use a stepped float.
The chartable objects of the Lakes Flying Company Limited are:
To advance the education of the public, including by:-
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
'The combined efforts of designers, aviators, ship and boat builders-turned aircraft manufacturers at Barrow and Windermere during 1908 - 1914 justify the area's claim to be the birthplace of British naval and civil marine aviation.' – Triplane to Typhoon by James H Longworth.