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Statue in memory of pioneering aviator

Statue in memory of aviator Samuel Cody Credit: ITV News Meridian

A statue has been unveiled in memory of aviator Samuel Cody who was killed in a flying accident 100 years ago today. The statue in Farnborough is close to where he achieved the first powered flight in the country.

Local MP Gerald Howarth, Aldershot Con, at the ceremony Credit: ITV News Meridian

Local MP Gerald Howarth, Aldershot Con, was at the ceremony. He said "the statue was long overdue and it was a historic day."

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Hundreds gather to see early aviator statue

The statue will be unveiled shortly Credit: ITV News Meridian

Hundreds gather for Cody statue unveiling at Farnborough. Samuel Cody, who died 100 years ago today, was the first person in the UK to fly a powered aircraft. The statue follows a £60,000 fundraising campaign.

The crowds await the unveiling Credit: ITV News Meridian

More pictures of Farnborough aviator Samuel Cody

Colonel Samuel Cody during the first British powered flight over Farnborough Common. Credit: PA

A memorial in honour of Colonel Samuel Cody will be unveiled in Farnborough today.

These pictures show the aviator during the first British powered flight. The flight lasted 27 seconds and covered a distance of 1,390ft over Farnborough Common.

He was killed in a flying accident exactly 100 years ago.

Colonel Samuel Cody seen inside the plane he used for the first British powered flight. Credit: PA

Memorial to 'first powered flight' aviator

Samuel Franklin Cody on his Biplane on Salisbury Plain. Credit: PA

A memorial in honour of aviator Samuel Cody will be unveiled in Farnborough later.

Cody was killed in a flying accident exactly 100 years ago today. The memorial will be close to where he took his first test flights and achieved the first powered flight in the country.