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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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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

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