Samuel Cody

Bill McNaught


Region:
South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Type:
Retirement hobby
Fee:
Paid: £45 plus modest travel expenses
Category:
History
Updated:
9th August 2018
Tagged:
Aircraft | Historic | Victorian | Theatre

Samuel Franklin Cody (1867 -1913) an extraordinary character who was at one time an American cowboy, Wild West showman, playwright, dramatist, kite flyer & balloonist and the first man to build and fly an aeroplane in the UK for the British Army. His ancestors came from Weymouth in Dorset and he eventually became a UK citizen.

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About Bill McNaught

I started work in 1961 as a Westland Helicopters engineering apprentice spending 25 years with the company before moving on to manage a number of other aviation and defence companies. Following retirement in 2008 we moved back to the West Country but in 2014 moved again to Saltdean, just outside Brighton. I have worked for the Prince’s Trust, been Chair of Governors at a local Academy, and sat on numerous committees. Currently I am Secretary of the Brighton and District Probus Club, Treasurer of the 5 Deans U3A, and a member of the Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions. My other interests include genealogy and presenting talks on ‘fascinating historical characters’ which over the years I have given to a variety of organisations including Probus, the WI and U3A. All my talks are fully illustrated using powerpoint slides.


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