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25th Jun 2022, 16:52
Spotted this on the Flypast site (good to see Peter Kynsey keeping himself busy! ;)) Registered as a Replica Avro Curtiss 1911, the build was started by Gerry Cooper...




India Four Two
28th Jun 2022, 03:10

That picture immediately reminded me of one of my treasured books “All About Flying” by Gertrude Bacon.*

There is a chapter about early “hydro-aviation” in which she describes flying at Windermere and includes two aerial photos taken from the original Waterbird:

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/971x1634/f9d41c62_f841_492c_9e2d_bd952594e605_c48e369d6fd486cf0fecb61 77332fc2e51ea4409.jpeg

I’m not lending my copy to anyone, but luckily the book is available online as a PDF:


* I have always felt that Flight’s Roger Bacon must have been inspired, as a young lad, by his favourite Aunt Gertrude!

She was a very adventurous, multi-talented women and a prolific author:


28th Jun 2022, 12:35
Some interesting statements in that book!

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune.org-vbulletin/828x262/screenshot_2022_06_28_at_14_34_42_2b9372588432c98fc43b5ae08d 7a1806597f83ff.png

longer ron
28th Jun 2022, 17:53
There is an interesting wee documentary still available on UKTV - filmed partly at Gerry's Vintage Skunkworks at Wickenby,Gerry was responsible for building and test hopping the replica (as a landplane).One of the Warbird Workshop Series.


India Four Two
29th Jun 2022, 05:34
Thanks longer ron.

A wonderful documentary.