S F Cody's 'Power-kite', 1908.
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Model (scale 1:20). This aircraft, also known as British Army Aircraft No 1, made the first sustained powered flight in Britain at Farnborough, on 16th October 1908, covering a distance of 1390 feet. Cody started work on the 'Power Kite' in October 1907 and modified the aircraft until the first flight, which ended in a crash. Prior to his work on this aircraft, Cody had been prominent in the development of 'man-lifting kites' as well as unpowered gliders.