The Man Who Would Have Flown
By Chris Thompson, Chris Thompson, 2009, 34pp (Essex County Libraries E.WIV.3.629.13092)
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The story of Jack Edmund Humphreys and his aerial experiments at Wivenhoe and Brooklands. In 1909 Messrs Forrestt and Co of the Shipyard, Wivenhoe commenced the construction of a flying machine from designs by Mr Humphreys. His intention was to win the ‘Daily Mail’ £1,000 prize for a circular flight by a British-built aeroplane steered by a British pilot. Several unsuccessful attempts to fly were made during the year but there were multiple failures and the plane stubbornly refused to leave the ground.