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Aerospace industry celebrates centenary of flight in UK

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: 16 October, 2008  (Company News)
On 16 October 1908 Samuel Cody achieved the first powered flight in the UK at Farnborough in Hampshire.

The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) is today (Thursday) joining in the celebrations of the centenary of powered flight in the UK.

As the operator of the Farnborough International Airshow, through its subsidiary company Farnborough International Limited, the SBAC has a direct link to the airfield where the historic first flight took place and where events will be held today to commemorate Samuel Cody's flight. A timeline of flight in the UK is set out at the foot of this press release. Events at Farnborough to commemorate the Cody flight are organised by the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) and information on FAST can be found at

Ian Godden, SBAC Chief Executive, said:

“The centenary of powered flight in Britain is most certainly a cause for celebration. The bravery of Samuel Cody and other pioneers of flight cannot be understated. They were taking a step into the unknown and we now enjoy the benefits of that bravery through the ability to fly to destinations around the world.

“Today the UK is a leading light in the global aerospace industry, building on the history of flight in this country. We boast a seventeen per cent market share in the global Aerospace industry thanks to the manufacturing excellence of our member companies.

“The advance in engineering in the last one hundred years is astonishing. From the Cody Flyer the UK Aerospace industry is now making huge strides forward in engineering that will not only continue to permit those who wish to fly to do so but also delivering on our own self-imposed target of a fifty per cent reduction in noise and CO2 emissions from 2000 levels by 2020. We also look forward to a further century of innovation in terms of unmanned aerial systems, innovative engine and Airframe design and, of course, the continued pioneering efforts in the area of space travel.”
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