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.