Roe Triplane, 1909.
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Bulls-eye triplane outside a railway arch. Alliot Verdon Roe (1877-1958) was the first Briton to fly an all British aeroplane, the Roe I, on 13 July 1909 at Lea Marshes, Essex. The aeroplane was constructed from wood and paper with a 9 hp JAP engine and flew 100 feet (30 metres). Roe went on to create Avro, one of the world's greatest aeroplane companies.