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Old 25th Jun 2022, 16:52
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Windermere Waterbird replica flies...

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...



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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:

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:


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Some interesting statements in that book!

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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.

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Thanks longer ron.

A wonderful documentary.
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