It has taken exactly 100 years to the day, since his death in a flying accident at Farnborough on 7 August 1913, for a memorial to pioneer aviator Samuel Franklin Cody to appear in Farnborough.
FAST has been working to ensure the proper commemoration of Samuel Franklin Cody -
The statue will now be a permanent presence beside the road that Cody travelled on every day to work in the Army's Balloon Factory, later renamed The Royal Aircraft Factory. A fitting location as this place also became the main entrance to the Royal Aircraft Establishment; and is now directly in front of Farnborough Airport, the Air Sciences Museum and the Heritage Quarter.
As the first successful pilot to carry out a sustained controlled flight in Great Britain in 1908 in a powered heavier-
Now Farnborough Air Sciences Trust has, in association with Rushmoor Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and QinetiQ, completed this significant new landmark statue, sculpted by Vivien Mallock, which was unveiled by legendary test-
Cody's back in town!
- Read about the unveiling day on our News page>>
- More about Cody and why we need to keep his memory alive>>
SUPPORTING THE PROJECT
The Cody Statue Project has now been fully funded. FAST would like to acknowledge the assistance and generosity of the following organisations: Hampshire County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, QinetiQ and the Rotary Club of Rushmoor. We would also like to acknowledge the many smaller contributions made by members of the public.
FAST relies on your donations, membership fees and volunteer help to survive. So please help us continue to safeguard our priceless aviation heritage.
The Statue was part funded by the donations of engraved bricks now laid in the area around the Statue.
A NEW BRICK SCHEME to assist the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust in their work in preserving the aviation heritage of Farnborough was launched on
21 February 2015.
Donate A Brick!
FAST (the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust) was founded in 1993 to safeguard Farnborough's priceless aeronautical heritage. We work to preserve and promote Farnborough's great heritage in aviation science -
Our museum is dedicated to Farnborough's proud aviation heritage and significant contribution to air science and research, and offers an important educational resource as well as an entertaining and stimulating day out for anyone interested in aviation history and scientific progress.
HOW TO FIND US
85 Farnborough Road
Hampshire GU14 6TF
Tel : 01252 375050
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
Safeguarding Our Unique Aviation History