Farnborough And S F Cody.
From Old Postcards.
Colonel Cody's early experiments with kites took place at Aldershot.
Two French postcards ...LEFT:Showing Colonel "Coddy" and his English Military Aeroplane at Aldershot(Left).In fact the Balloon sheds indicate the picture was almost certainly taken at Farnborough.RIGHT: "Take off in 100 yards".
Two Postcards showing Cody's flying machine- caption to the Lefthand picture says"Mr Cody Watches Propeller Being Fixed ".
Colonel Cody(left) and an Army Air Ship in the air with Col Cody.
Colonel Cody,in order to demonstrate the lateral stability of his machine ,on Saturday February 4th 1911 carried a passenger on his biplane over Laffan's Plain, standing on the lower
main plane, 10 ft. 6 ins from the fuselage in order to demonstrate the lateral stability of his machine. The name of the brave (foolhardy?) passenger is unknown, but surely he must have been the very first wingwalker.
Postcards showing (LEFT)Mr S F Cody at the controls. RIGHT): "Mr S F Cody's new Monoplane".
Postcards showing (LEFT)The Cody Aeroplane in flight. RIGHT): Mr S.F.Cody.
The wreck of Colonel Cody's Waterplane.Colonel Cody was killed when the aircraft crashed on 7th August 1913.Both Cody and his passenger Mr W Evans ,died when the aircraft suffered a structural failure and crashed into trees at the foot of Ball Hill. .
Colonel Cody's Funeral Procession.Colonel(LEFT) . Col.Cody was buried, with full military honours, in the Aldershot Military Cemetary (RIGHT) .
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Postcard Images are from the postcard collection of James Westerham,Philip Jelf and also my own collection.
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