On this day, 99 years ago, Samuel Franklin Cody - the first person to make a powered, heavier than air flight in the UK - was killed. In what should have been a pleasure flight over Bramshot golf course, his aircraft broke up, killing Cody and his unfortunate passenger. Probably as a result of a structural failure, the aircraft swerved violently, and both men fell out of the aircraft. The wreckage fell onto Ball Hill, an area within what subsequently became the Royal Aircraft Establishment and now known as the Cody Technology Park.
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.
A project to erect a statue of Cody has begun and an event is being held in the Farnborough Air Sciences Museum 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 in the County of Hampshire.
Please see the Cody Statue Project
pages for more details. We would also sincerely appreciate your kind donations to help make this important project happen.