Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Murray Longmore, GCB, DSO, DL (1885 –1970)

On 20 January 1912, Waterbird was test-flown for the Admiralty by Lieutenant Arthur Longmore. This was his first flight in a floatplane off water, albeit the previous month he had become the first person in the United Kingdom to take off from land and alight on water in a hydro-aeroplane by way of a scheme of fitting air bags to the undercarriage skids of his aeroplane. His Report is held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.

Longmore was one of the first four officers selected for flying training by the Admiralty and had achieved Aviator’s Certificate No.72.

He went on in 1914 to make the first torpedo drop by a British aircraft.

Windermere: birthplace of British naval and civil marine aeroplanes

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