7 AUGUST 2012
SAMUEL FRANKLIN CODY -
EVENT TO MARK THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE MEMORIAL STATUE PROJECT
Local organisations and businesses joined together at the FAST Museum on Tuesday 7 August to hear about the Cody Statue Project and celebrate the launch of our fundraising effort.
On this day, 99 years ago, Samuel Franklin Cody -
Cody was given a full military funeral and, such was his fame at the time, 100,000 people lined the route of his cortege, from his home in Ash Vale to the Aldershot Military Ceremony.
But now he is in danger of being forgotten.
The project to erect a statue of Cody was launched at the event on 7 August to create publicity for the statue project and to help to raise the funds needed to pay for the statue and for the surrounding area. When in place, the statue will be a fitting memorial to Britain’s colourful pioneer airman; will create a lasting reminder of the area’s aeronautical heritage; and will generate civic pride in the scientific achievements of Farnborough.
Cody Statue Project Launch -
The event attracted a healthy audience to hear about the project and discuss fundraising ideas
Vivien Mallock Sculptor
BBC South Today News Report : 7 August 2012
6 FEBRUARY 2013
CODY STATUE MAQUETTE UNVEILED
The Cody Statue project took a major step forward on Wednesday 6 February when Trustees of the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) visited the Andover studio of renowned sculptor Vivien Mallock to view the maquette (scale model) and gave the go-
Commenting on the latest development, FAST Chairman Richard Gardner said:
“This is going to be an outstanding and quite magnificent work of art that will do justice to Farnborough’s most famous aviation pioneer, and will at long last provide a public memorial to the man who kick-
The way is now clear for the work to proceed to the 7ft high statue of Samuel Franklin Cody. Fundraising continues to be a major activity and one method, the purchase of Paver Bricks engraved to commemorate a name, is proving popular with people who have an association with Farnborough. (Buy a brick details here>>)
FAST Trustees with sculptor Vivien Mallock and BBC South Today’s Briony Leyland at the unveiling of the Cody Statue maquette
CODY STATUE PROGRESS
The Cody Statue project has made significant advances recently. The full size plaster cast of the statue has been completed and has now gone to the foundry for casting.
In addition, contractors, Hillary Groundworks Ltd from Ropley, have been engaged to undertake the groundworks to the site outside the FAST Museum on the Farnborough Road.
RECENT FUNDRAISING EVENTS
A plaque was unveiled at FAST on 1 May, in memory of the 500 aircrew who lost their lives test flying during the first 100 years of British Aviation, 1908 -
FAR RIGHT : Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown looks on as his wife Jean unveils the Test Pilots Memorial plaque on the wall of the FAST Museum.
The fundraising dinner and auction held at Potter’s International on 1 May was a great success. Special guest after-
RIGHT : From left to right -
1st May 2013 : Unveiling of Test Pilots Memorial Plaque
1st May 2013 : Fundraising Dinner and Charity Auction
11th May 2013 : Rushmoor Male Voice Choir Concert
Rushmoor Male Voice Choir (The Oddfellows) put on a splendid show at the Cody Statue Fundraising Concert, held at the Salesian College, Reading Road, Farnborough on 11 May; and we are delighted that the concert raised almost £1,000.
LEFT : The Choir in full flow, with Cody looking on! (FAST Volunteer and Choir Member, John Loader is to be seen 2nd from the right on the back row).
8 JULY 2013
CODY STATUE ON IT’S WAY!
With just a month to go before the formal statue unveiling on 7 August, progress can now definitely be seen from the Farnborough Road. The photos below -
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