Robin Goch monoplane

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Robin Goch monoplane

The Robin Goch (Welsh for 'robin redbreast') is one of the few amateur aeroplanes built before 1914 to survive and it one of the earliest examples of aircraft in the United Kingdom. Built by Charles Horace Watkins around 1908 at Mynachdy Farm in Maindy, Cardiff, the plane is an open wooden structure, cross-braced with piano wire with a partially enclosed cockpit. The pilot's seat came from a kitchen chair. Watkins said that he had flown the monoplane on several occasions in and around Cardiff sometime before 1914. There are no reports or evidence to support this claim, however engineers at RAF St Athan examined the Robin Goch in the 1960s and concluded that the plane was certainly airworthy.

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