loader image



  1. This Article appeared in the July 2018 issue of Light Aviation, the Magazine of the Light Aircraft Association. It contains evidence that the ‘stepped’ float was initially designed and tested at Windermere, and first successfully used there on Waterbird. For further detail about floats, please click here.

  2. This Article appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of the Newsletter of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. It addresses reasons given against flying at Windermere in 1911-1912.

  3. This Article appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of the Newsletter of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society. It relates the landing of an aeroplane on Helvellyn, and the history of aviation at Windermere after 1919 to date. The first photo is of landing on Helvellyn on 22 December 1926, the only witness being the eminent classicist E R Dodds; the second is of a de Havilland DH.60X Moth, Registration: G-AAPA, which landed at Troutbeck Bridge in the early 1930s, as nurses from the nearby Ethel Hedley Orthopaedic Hospital for Children look on.
    The distance of 300 yards between the Hospital and the Sunderland flying boat factory built in 1941 at White Cross Bay may be appreciated in this photo, taken from Orrest Head. In 1954, a caravan park opened on the site, whilst over 40 years ago the Hospital was converted into retirement flats. Factory workers were housed at Calgarth, now the site of The Lakes School, which can be seen on the left here, which photo also shows the factory site after removal of buildings during 1950-1952. The hangar was transferred to Kirkby, near Liverpool, to house a chemical works, the detail shop to Newcastle as a bus depot, and the office block to serve a factory in Kendal.
    The factory cost £451,000 to build, the machinery and installation over £500,000, the output in aircraft and parts 1,180 tons, the works could have accommodated 3,000 workers, the administrative block could have housed 150 clerical workers and 800 were employed at the detail shop. The detail shop could have incorporated 2 or 3 football grounds, and a rugby match could have been staged in the hangar.

Wings Over Windermere

Edward Wakefield described flight from water as ‘Something that beckoned …’

You can support the charity as you shop with amazon!

It's so easy to do, with no extra cost to you! Sign in with your usual account details to smile.amazon.co.uk on your desktop or mobile phone browser. Go to your account and select the option to add The Lakes Flying Company as your chosen charity!

Shop Now