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Wings Over Windermere

Date: 11-12 May 2023

A celebration of the key role Windermere played in the development of seaplanes is to be held on England’s largest lake

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 12

The flight window opens at 7:00pm.

Waterbird is the only seaplane to have flown from Windermere since 1994, so it’s a sight not to be missed.

Spectators will also enjoy a flying demonstration by a second, more modern seaplane, the Aviat Husky, showing the long legacy that Waterbird inspired.

This demonstration will take place further up the lake than the first flights, with viewing points here at Brockhole on Windermere, framing the Waterbird against the magnificent Langdale Pikes.


Waterbird is the only replica seaplane of its era anywhere in the world. Apart from the modern engine, it faithfully recreates the detail of the original Waterbird from 1911, when it was the first seaplane to successfully fly in the UK. It was commissioned by Edward Wakefield from A. V. Roe & Co (‘Avro’) as a landplane and converted to a seaplane at Windermere, where the pilot was Herbert Stanley Adams.