Windermere: birthplace of British naval and civil marine aeroplanes

WE INTEND TO FLY THE REPLICA WATERBIRD ON THURSAY MAY 12 FROM NEAR WINDERMERE MOTOR BOAT RACING CLUB AT ABOUT 6.45, WEATHER PERMITTING. THE SEAPLANE WILL HEAD TOWARDS WATERHEAD AND THEN DOWN TO LAKESIDE

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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 charitable objects of the Lakes Flying Company Ltd include:

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.
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