Cody British Army Aeroplane No 1
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Built by expatriate American Samuel Franklin Cody, then kiting instructor to the Royal Engineers at the Balloon Factory, Farnborough, British Army Aeroplane No 1 made its first fully authenticated take-off on 29 September 1908, when it made a 'hop' of 71.3m. On 16 October, at Farnborough, it made what is recognised officially as the first sustained powered flight in Great Britain by a heavier-than-air machine, covering 423.7m before crash-landing. On 8 September 1909, after undergoing many modifications, the aircraft made a sustained flight of more than an hour around Laffan's Plain (Farnborough), travelling about 64km.
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