PLANE BRIL­LIANT

More Lan­cashire avi­a­tion firsts and facts

Lancashire Life - - Lancashire Hero -

Al­liott Ver­don Roe was the first English­man to build and fly his own plane. Born in Ec­cles in 1877, the bi-plane he built in 1908 flew 75 feet. He went on to be a suc­cess­ful avi­a­tor and plane de­signer and some of his air­craft were used as bombers in World War One.

The UK’S first of­fi­cial avi­a­tion meet­ing was held on the site of Black­pool Air­port in Oc­to­ber 1909. 200,000 peo­ple watched and French­man Henri Far­man won a £2000 prize for fly­ing cir­cuits to­talling 47 miles with­out touch­ing the ground. AV Roe had been due to be first to take off but his plane wouldn’t start.

In 1919, Bri­tain’s first sched­uled air ser­vice be­gan from a pri­vate air­field in Manch­ester to Birk­dale Sands in South­port and on to South Shore, Black­pool.

The Lan­caster Bomber was built by Roe’s com­pany Avro. It was the RAF’S most suc­cess­ful bomber in World War Two. 7,377 were built and they flew more than 156,000 sor­ties.

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