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Flight tribute to brave pioneer.

AN HISTORIC flight was reenacted to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the first powered flight from Liverpool to Manchester.

Colonel Samuel Cody was forced to abort the attempt on December 29, 1909. Yesterday Martin Keen, of Liverpool Flying School, flew his original Tiger Moth along the same route.

He set off from Aintree Racecourse at 12.17pm, the same time as the original flight, and circled the St Helens field where Col Cody was forced to land. A plaque in Col Cody's honour was also revealed. It will be placed on the Eccleston Hill trail.

Chris Coffrey, secretary of St Helen Heritage Network, said: "There were 50-100 people gathered to watch the event which was fantastic and worth all of the planning. The plaque will join the heritage trail."

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HISTORIC: Pilot Martin Keen at Aintree racecourse and in the air (inset) to reenact Cody's Flight 100 years ago, left Main Pictures: GAVIN TRAFFORD
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2009
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