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AV Roe Centenary

On Sunday 12th July 2009, underneath the railway arches on the Walthamstow Marshes,  an exhibition was held to celebrate to 100th anniversary of the first all-British powered flight.

On 13th July 1909 (or maybe 23rd July, depending on what constitutes a "flight") Alliott Verdon Roe became the first man in Britain to fly a British built aircraft. Exactly 100 years later, a replica of this aeroplane was on display at the location this flight took place. As well as the exhibition, at 14:00 there was a talk by the great man's grandson, plus presentations on the history of Avro by David Rowlands of the RAeS and Dr Jim Lewis of Lee Valley Industrial Heritage.

This photo shows Martin Verdon-Roe, sitting where his great grandfather would have been 100 years ago ...

Article posted: 13/06/2009

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