Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Statue planned to mark historic flight in Farnborough

Samuel Cody
Image caption Cody, who was born Samuel Franklin Cowdery, died 99 years ago when his aircraft broke in half

Aviation enthusiasts have launched a campaign to erect a statue in memory of the first person to make a powered flight in Britain.

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) hope to unveil the memorial to Samuel Cody in Farnborough, Hampshire, where his historic flight took place.

Cody died 99 years ago when the aircraft he was flying broke in half.

FAST plan to unveil a £100,000 statue on the centenary of his death next year and are fundraising to pay for it.

The group have already secured £10,000 from Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council.

"Despite having played such a major role in the development of aviation in the UK, there is no public monument to Cody and he is in danger of being forgotten," a FAST spokesman said.

"The statue will be flanked by a memorial wall to commemorate the world-renowned role of Farnborough in the development of aviation."

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