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Verdon-Roe's powered flight, Brooklands
Brooklands, near Byfleet, Surrey
associated engineer
Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon-Roe
date  1908
era  Modern  |  category  Airfield/Hangar/Aeronautics  |  reference  TQ066623
Brooklands race track is the site of what was thought at the time to be the first all-British powered flight, undertaken by Alliott Verdon-Roe (1877-1958) in 1908 in "Roe I", a biplane of his own design and construction.
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, Brooklands became an important centre for British aircraft works, and a plaque commemorating the flight was erected in 1954.
"Aviation: An historical survey from its origins to the of the Second World War"
Charles H. Gibbs-Smith
HMSO for The Scince Musuem, London, 1985
reference sources   LG/JJ

Verdon-Roe's powered flight, Brooklands