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Waterbird: Replica of UK's first seaplane flies over Windermere

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A replica of the UK's first ever seaplane has made its inaugural public flight, 111 years after the original flew for the first time.

Waterbird took off and landed safely on Windermere on 25 November 1911, but was destroyed four months later when it was crushed by its hangar in a storm.

Work on the replica began in 2009, but in 2013 the project fell short of £160,000 and fundraising began.

Nine years later the completed plane has been flown at Windermere.


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