Accident Cody V biplane 301, Monday 28 April 1913
ASN logo
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Monday 28 April 1913
Type:Cody V biplane
Owner/operator:4 Sqn RFC
Registration: 301
MSN: 1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RFC Farnborough, Hampshire
Destination airport:RFC Farnborough, Hampshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The War Office purchased the prototype Cody V, together with a second aircraft to be built to the same design. In October 1912, Cody re-engined the biplane with a British-built 100-hp (75 kW) Green engine in order to enter the British Empire Michelin Cup competitions, winning the £600 prize for the fastest time over a 186-mile (299 km) circuit.

After re-fitting with the Austro-Daimler engine it was delivered to the Royal Flying Corps on 30 November 1912, being issued to No. 4 Squadron in December that year. The second Cody V flew in January 1913, and was delivered in February.

On 28 April 1913, the first prototype broke up in mid-air while gliding at 500 feet, and the aircraft crashed, killing the pilot, Lt Lancelot Charles Rogers-Harrison (aged 23). The aircraft had been poorly maintained and consisted of parts of older machines.

The resulting investigation discovered that the aircraft's structure, which incorporated many parts from the 1911 Circuit of Britain aircraft, had deteriorated badly and was in "precarious" condition by the time of the crash. The second aircraft, which was awaiting repair of damage that had been received in an accident in March, was never flown again, and in November that year it was given to the Science Museum, London, where it is displayed to this day.


1. Bruce, J.M. The Aeroplanes of the Royal Flying Corps (Military Wing). London:Putnam, 1982. ISBN 0-370-30084-X.
2. Jarrett, Philip. "Cody and His Aeroplanes: Samuel Franklin Cody:His Life and Times". Air Enthusiast, No. 82, July/August 1999. pp. 6–17. Stamford, UK: Key Publishing. ISSN 0143-5450.


Cody aircraft mark V RAE-O154 Cody aircraft mark V RAE-O354

Revision history:

17-Nov-2018 21:32 Dr.John Smith Added
17-Nov-2018 21:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn]
19-Nov-2018 19:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314