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Lakes Flying Co
Northern Aircraft Co

Formed in 1911 by Captain E. W. Wakefield. Built the first successful British seaplane (designed by A.V. Roe) at Cockshott, Windermere. In 1912 built interesting seaplane with central float, designed by Oscar T. Gnosspelius. Renamed Northern Aircraft Company.
Northern Aircraft operated a seaplane training school at Cockshott, Lake Windermere, and built the Lakes Waterhen and Seabird aircraft.
The final design was the Hydro-monoplane. The seaplanes performed many pleasure flights from the Lake for the general public. In November 1914 the company was bought by the Northern Aircraft Company and the lakeside facility was expanded and pilot training (advertised as The Seaplane School) as well as the pleasure flights were undertaken.

One of the pilots of the Northern Aircraft Company was John Lankester Parker, who became Chief Test Pilot for the Short Brothers company in Rochester, Kent and later Belfast, Northern Ireland.



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