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Captain Haydn Sanders
Aviation's Unknown Genius?
Suffolk's first manned flight in a powered heavier-
Little is known regarding the distance flown, the handling characteristics of the aircraft or indeed how Sanders himself coped with his first pioneering flight.
After writing off the No1 in a crash on the Denes in early 1910 -
While researching an upcoming book on Captain Sanders, Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group has uncovered a rich legacy of pioneering aviation related innovations and ideas developed by this most private of men. While a few of these, with the benefit of modern knowledge, can perhaps now be considered as based on flawed science, others can genuinely lay claim to being the first known examples of their type; and in at least one case to contest accepted aviation history.
The Sanders Teacher Project
Perhaps the best known of Captain Sanders' innovations was the Teacher, considered by some to be the world's first real flight simulator. Essentially a simple aeroplane fixed to the ground by a universal coupling, like many of his ideas, there is very little information regarding the detailed construction of this fascinating machine.
However, in 2010 it was realised that the in-
Subsequently, the Sanders Teacher Project is expected to start its workshop phase in around July 2017. Progress on the replica machine -
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