'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 aviation by Captain Edward William Wakefield of Kendal, Westmorland (Cumbria) 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 objectives of the Lakes Flying Company Ltd include to gather together the archive documentation and memorabilia, to construct and fly a replica of Waterbird and to establish a facility where they can be exhibited.

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.