Waterbird: Britain’s first seaplane returns to the skies

Potter wrote from Hilltop, her home overlooking the lake: “I think I may speak as an experienced judge of noise; I am used to sleeping well, with an open window, facing constant service from motor omnibuses.

“I consider the Hendon sound to be nothing ‘out of the way,’ but the Windermere sound is unbearable.”

The campaign was rejected by the government, including First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill, who considered the test flights essential to the development of the country’s air force.

Friday’s event in the Lake District marks the culmination of a 13-year project to create an exact copy of the 35-foot plane. Her original historic flight was on November 25, 1911.

Besides having a modern engine, it faithfully recreates the details of the original and is made of wood, bamboo and wires.

In June, demonstration and test pilot Pete Kynsey took the replica on its maiden flight, on the first attempt, in secret trials at Windermere.


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