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My name is Roy, I live at Otley in West Yorkshire and I am retired. I am not the best photographer and most of my pics depict the unusual.

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Sir George Caley (1773 – 1857), of Brompton-by-Sawdon near Scarborough, has been described as The Father of Aviation and with good cause. It is a little known fact that the world’s first aeroplane flight took place in Brompton Dale in the mid 19th century, and the plaudits go to Sir George, who had discovered that the old idea of flapping wings was of no use at all. He decided that there must be a flat plane which depended on wind pressure and the angle of the plane’s surface, and his subsequent design boasted all the refinements of the modern aeroplane with the exception of wing flaps. His prototype was tested by his protesting coachman when he reluctantly piloted the craft in 1852 and he is quoted as having said, ‘ Please Sir George, I wish to give notice. I was hired to drive, not to fly.’ Sir George later designed a wheeled undercarriage and the first moveable tail. A plaque on the wall of his workshop at Brompton Hall recalls this visionary pioneer.

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These posts are preserved in Colby Woodland Garden near Amroth.


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