A Conversation for Samuel Franklin Cody - Pioneer of British Aviation
Tim Brown Started conversation Aug 22, 2011
Cody's Flying Machines. I believe the name 'British Army Aeroplane No.' was given to Cody powered aeroplane, built whilst he was working for the army in the Balloon Factory at Farnborough. It was in this machine he completed the first enduring flight by a powered aircraft in Britain at Laffen's Plain on 16 October 1908. Four years, and several aeroplanes later, he entered two designs to the Military Aircraft Competition at Larkhill in August 1912, one a biplane and another a monoplane.
His large biplane, which was originally called Cody Aeroplane No.3, was nicknamed 'Catherdral' - from the French term 'Katahedral' referring to wing shape (although Cody's descendants today will claim Cathedral was a nickname orginally given to a massive aeroplane shed where it was built?).
Cody controversially won the competition (aka Military Aeroplane Trials) despite clearly not having the best machine, and as part of the competition entry reequirement sold the competing aircraft and one other to the Royal Flying Corps in 1912, but these machines were not heavily used, the War Office instead buying the Royal Aircraft Factory BE2.
Cody's Flying Machines
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