FAST has been working to ensure the proper commemoration of Samuel Franklin Cody -
On this page you can read a little about Cody and why we need to keep his memory alive; and what we are trying to achieve with this memorial Cody Statue Project.
Why we need to commemorate Cody
The first flight in an aeroplane in the UK was made by Samuel Franklin Cody at Farnborough on 16 October 1908.
Cody became a British citizen in 1909 and went on to develop -
All his aeroplane work was done at Farnborough in, or adjacent to, what was then called the Balloon Factory. Farnborough is a place known worldwide for its association with aviation. Although Cody’s main connection is with Farnborough, he first introduced his kites to the Army whilst the Balloon School and Factory were still in Aldershot. At the time of his first flight, he lived in Mytchett and later moved to Ash Vale.
More about Samuel Franklin Cody
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Despite having played such a major role in the development of aviation in the UK, there has been no public monument to Cody and he is in danger of being forgotten.
Samuel Franklin Cody (no relation to “Buffalo Bill”) is now commemorated by a statue close to the entrance of the FAST Museum along the Farnborough Road. The statue is flanked by a memorial wall to commemorate the world renowned role of Farnborough in the development of aviation.
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