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History of Samuel Cody

Samuel Cody as we all know him was in fact called Samuel Franklin Cowdery. Samuel Cody was born in Birdville, Texas on the 6th March 1867. He died on 7th August 1913, in a aeroplane crash. Before Samuel Cody died he married twice. His first wife had to end her performing career due to an illness. At this time Samuel Cody went back to America and married a lady called Mrs King, even though he was still married to his first wife.

He worked on many different types of aircraft including aeroplanes, kites, gliders and the Nulli Secundus which was England’s first powered airship.

On the 16th October 1908 Samuel Cody reached a height of 1,390 feet. At the end of the flight unfortunately the plane was damaged as he tried to land it. After all the repairs and lots of modifications Samuel Cody flew the air craft again early the next year.

The same year the war office decided that they would stop backing the development of the air craft and ended the contract with Samuel Cody.

On December 29th 1909 Samuel Cody attempted to become the first ever man to fly from Liverpool to Manchester non-stop.Unfortunately this attempt failed as he was forced to stop and land 19 minutes into the flight because of thick fog.

In 1910 Samuel Cody won the Michelin Cup for the longest flight in England – 4 hours and 47 minutes.

On the 7th August 1913 Samuel Cody and his fellow passenger William Evans, a cricketer, died when testing his latest aircraft the Cody Floatplane. Samuel Cody had a well deserved burial with full Military Honours. He was buried in the Aldershot Military Cemetery, with an estimated crowd of 100,000 people.

A group of enthusiastic volunteers, built a full sized replica of the British Army Aeroplane No 1 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the very first flight. It is now on a permanent display in the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

The display is about three hundred meters away from the take-off point of his first historic flight.

Statue of Samuel Cody

Headteacher: Mrs Anna Dawson B Ed, Cert Ed Special Needs
Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College, Ballantyne Road, Farnborough, GU14 8SN. Email: adminoffice@samuelcody.hants.sch.uk Telephone: 01252 514194

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