WHY WE NEED TO COMMEMORATE CODY
The first flight in an aeroplane in the UK was made by Samuel Franklin Cody at Farnborough on 16 Oct 1908.
Cody became a British citizen in 1909 and went on to develop -
All his aeroplane work was done at Farnborough in, or adjacent to, what was then called the Balloon Factory. Farnborough is a place known worldwide for its association with aviation. Although Cody’s main connection is with Farnborough, he first introduced his kites to the Army whilst the Balloon School and Factory were still in Aldershot. At the time of his first flight, he lived in Mytchett and later moved to Ash Vale.
FAST is working to ensure the proper commemoration of Samuel Franklin Cody -
On this page you can read a little about Cody and why we need to keep his memory alive; what we are trying to achieve with this memorial Cody Statue Project; and how you can help us.
Saturday 11 May
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You can donate online with a credit or debit card. It's easy and secure.
You can come to a fundraising event
You can help us with your time and/or expertise.
You can buy a commemorative engraved brick
The Project depends on volunteers and sponsors
CAN YOU HELP?
SUPPORTING THE PROJECT
FAST, assisted by the Rushmoor Rotary Club, is seeking to raise funds to cover the cost of this project. Rushmoor Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have already pledged a substantial contribution to this fund, which will be administered by FAST.
If you would like to help or support this project in any way then please email us or phone 01252 375050 to discuss more.
We need more financial help to enable this Project to succeed. Donations will be very gratefully received.
THE PROPOSED MEMORIAL
Despite having played such a major role in the development of aviation in the UK, there is no public monument to Cody and he is in danger of being forgotten.
It is planned to commemorate Samuel Franklin Cody (no relation to “Buffalo Bill”) by the erection, in a public place, of a statue. The statue will be flanked by a memorial wall to commemorate the world renowned role of Farnborough in the development of aviation (see artist’s impression below).
The intent is to unveil the statue on Wednesday 7 August 2013 -
ABOVE : Impression of how the statue might look
The statue will be by acclaimed sculptor Vivien Mallock
INSET : The statue maquette -
BUY A BRICK!
Although the details are yet to be settled, it is planned to cover the area around
the statue with paving bricks -
Available on the door!
© 2013 Farnborough Air Sciences Trust -
FAST (the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust) was founded in 1993 to safeguard Farnborough's
priceless aeronautical heritage. We work to preserve and promote Farnborough's great
heritage in aviation science -
Our museum is dedicated to Farnborough's proud aviation heritage and significant contribution to air science and research, and offers an important educational resource as well as an entertaining and stimulating day out for anyone interested in aviation history and scientific progress.
HOW TO FIND US
85 Farnborough Road
Hampshire GU14 6TF
Tel : 01252 375050
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
Safeguarding Our Unique Aviation History