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Cody / British Army Aeroplane

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Samuel Cody was an early maker of aeroplanes

Cody I 1908

The British Army Aeroplane No 1 or sometimes Cody 1 made the first recognised powered and sustained flight in the United Kingdom in 1908. It was a biplane built at the Army Balloon Factory (later the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough

The British Army contracted Samuel Cody to design their first powered aeroplane. Cody had problems acquiring an engine through the Army but eventually acquired a 50-hp Antoinette engine.

Aeroplane No 1 was a biplane of similar configuration to the that designed by the Wright Brothers. The wings had booms fore and aft that mounted respectively the elevator and rudder. It had a wheeled landing gear, and power from the Antoinette engine drove two pusher propellers using a belt-drive.

The aircraft made the first recognised powered and sustained flight in the United Kingdom on 16 October 1908 at Farnborough. The aircraft first flight covered only 1,390 ft.

Cody II

A modified version of the Cody 1

Cody III

Cody 2 re-engined with a 60 hp ENV Type F engine

Cody IV

Cody V

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Sources of Information

  • Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing) by J. M. Bruce. Published 1982 ISBN 0-370-30084-x