Lake Windermere's incredible Waterbird

Newly airborne from Lake Windermere this summer, the replica of the unique Waterbird represents a tremendous accomplishment — and a delightful way to recall the achievements of the 1911 original

One of the photos taken by Herbert and Sons of the original Avro-built Waterbird overflying Windermere. It flew at least 38 times.
One of the photos taken by Herbert and Sons of the original Avro-built Waterbird overflying Windermere. It flew at least 38 times. VIA LAKES FLYING COMPANY

In 1912, The Aeroplane’s editor didn’t have it so easy. As C. G. Grey wrote to Edward Wakefield, founder of the Lakes Flying Company, “Mr Gnosspelius has been very good about sending reports from time to time, but as you know he has been away a good deal lately and must have missed a certain amount through his absence from Windermere. Therefore, I think it would be better for somebody connected with the Lakes Flying Co, who is always on the spot to send it, just a rough log of what was done.”

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