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Samuel Franklin Cody (1861–1913) by unknown photographer, 1912 [at the controls of his aeroplane Cathedral] Getty Images

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Cody [formerly Cowdery], Samuel Franklin (1861–1913), showman and aeronautical designer, was born on 6 March 1861 in Davenport, Iowa, USA, the fourth of five children of Samuel Franklin Cowdery (1833–1902), a former Union soldier and jobbing carpenter, and his wife, Phoebe Jane (1834–1900)...

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Lewis, Cecil Arthur (1898–1997), airman and radio and television broadcaster, was born on 29 March 1898 at 11 Radnor Place, Birkenhead, Cheshire, the only child of Edward Williams Lewis, Congregational minister, and his wife, Alice, née Rigby. He was educated briefly at Dulwich College...