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TV Appearance 29th April – To the stage of a landplane

TV Appearance 29th April – To the stage of a landplane

The Lakes Flying Company are delighted to announce that Waterbird will be featured in a full-length documentary on the Yesterday channel on Thursday 29th April at 9pm. The special Warbird Workshop episode will take viewers behind the scenes of our remarkable project...

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Clifford Fleming Williams

Clifford Fleming Williams

There is now a new page on this website devoted to Clifford Fleming Williams, who was a pioneer of making drawings from the air, an inventor, a seaplane ground school instructor, artist and general manager, a seaplane designer, a Royal Flying Corps officer, and a...

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Aviators’ Certificates

Aviators’ Certificates

On the 108th anniversary of Waterbird’s first flight, there is a new page on our website about the history of Aviators’ Certificates and the 22 Certificates accomplished at Windermere.

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Award of the Phoenix Group Diploma for the replica Waterbird

Award of the Phoenix Group Diploma for the replica Waterbird

The prestigious Phoenix Group Diploma for 2018 has been awarded to the builder and team for their ‘remarkable achievement in building a faithful replica of Waterbird’ by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (‘FAI’) – the World Air Sports Federation. The Diploma,...

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Fell & Rock Climbing Club plaque exhibition

Fell & Rock Climbing Club plaque exhibition

There is an exhibition at the Heaton Cooper Archive Gallery in Grasmere which includes the original tablet listing members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club killed in World War One. Arthur Wakefield was President of the Club when the memorial was dedicated in 1924....

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Hornsea’s Flying Sailors 1915-1919 Exhibition

Hornsea’s Flying Sailors 1915-1919 Exhibition

Hornsea Museum is running an exhibition, Flying Sailors 1915-1919, to share the story of the Royal Naval Air Service base on Hornsea Mere, until the Autumn of 2019. It commences with an Open Day on 28 July from 10:00am to 4:00pm when there is free entry. A Royal Naval...

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Waterbird’s place in Aviation history: First steps

Waterbird’s place in Aviation history: First steps

Challenge: Aviation history recognising that Glenn Curtiss ‘The Father of US Naval Aviation’ invented the step-hydroplane for a seaplane is being challenged. Ian Gee has collated documentation which, he claims, proves that the step-hydroplane was in fact discovered...

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RAF 100 Commemoration

RAF 100 Commemoration

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, please see the sections of this website about Cooper Pattinson and Wavell Wakefield. Whilst serving in the RAF, on 10 May 1918 Pattinson was a pilot of a Felixtowe flying boat which shot...

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