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Birthplace of Alliott Verdon-Roe
Patricroft, Manchester
associated engineer
Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon-Roe
date  1877
era  Victorian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  SJ830970
The birthplace of Alliott Verdon-Roe (1877-1958), engineer in the merchant navy (1899-1901), founder of A. V. Roe Limited (Avro, 1910), the aircraft engineers, and pioneer in the development of artificial flight mechanisms.
His early observations were based on the flight of the albatross, and after contacting the Wright Brothers (whose first, historic flight took place in 1903) he developed and flew the first wholly British aircraft ("Roe I") in 1908.
Although the flight was later disallowed by the Royal Aero Club's Gorell Committee on the grounds that Roe I had not remained airborne over a sufficient distance, Roe's further achievements more than justified his early claim.
He built the world's first enclosed-cabin aircraft, and produced the Avro 504 biplane in 1913. Twenty thousand of these were manufactured during World War I, half by Avro and half by subcontractors; it remained the standard trainer aircraft until 1939.
reference sources   LG/SJ
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Birthplace of Alliott Verdon-Roe