Capturing the Waterbird in it’s current state, a mere skeleton awaiting it’s fabric covering

In a quiet corner of Lincolnshire an aircraft restorer has been busy recreating one of Britain’s most important historical aircraft – the Waterbird, Britain’s first seaplane.

The original Waterbird aircraft was built in 1911 for Edward Wakefield, of the Lakes Flying School by A.V. Roe of Manchester. It made its first successful flight from Lake Windermere on the 25th of November that year, being the first ever within the British Isles. After many successful flights the Admiralty sent pilot Arthur Longmore to fly it, who confirmed the success of the float plane which led to the Wakefield being awarded a contract to supply floats for Admiralty aircraft.

Today, Gerry Cooper of Vintage Skunk Works, has opened his hangar to some special guests who he hopes will help to publicise the rebuild of this remarkable aircraft and bring in the essential funds needed to complete the return of the Waterbird. These included the grandsons of Arthur Longmore, the great nephew of Edward Wakefield and a TV crew from ITV Borders who have aired a story about their plight this evening. The pressure is on to complete the project this year, and the team behind it hope to raise a further £165,000 so that the aircraft can land on Lake Windermere again in its centenary year.

Gerry has been recreating the Waterbird for the last two years at the request of Richard Raynsford (nephew of Edward Wakefield), in the hope that this replica watches will form the centre piece of a new naval history museum to be based on the shores of Lake Windermere.

The original Waterbird, launching from Lake Windermere. Picture courtesy of the Lakes Flying Co. Ltd.

The original biplane was a two seat pusher aircraft. The outer half of each upper wing carried a pair of ailerons; the larger inner one had a semicircular trailing edge extending well behind the wing trailing edge. Bamboo outriggers fore and aft of the wings supported leading elevators and tail surfaces plus rudder. Both elevator and rudder were operated by bamboo pushrods.

Recreating it has been something of a challenge, as Gerry hopes the aircraft will last for many years to come. This has led to substituting some of the build materials, such as the use of bamboo for aluminum poles.

Joanna White from Primetime Media has been recording the build of this fascinating aircraft and has compiled some highlights for the Lakes Flying Company Ltd., in the hope it will assist in finding additional funds to complete the production.

You can watch the ITV Border’s piece again online, or visit the offical website for the Lakes Flying Co. Ltd. to find out more about the ongoing project.

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Filming and post production is now complete for the first of two corporate videos for DSL ltd. Filming locations included Essex, Reading, Berkshire and Lincolnshire. The video,  which was shot in high definition, has already gained the company a major contract. Primetime’s six metre camera jib was used for some of the interior and exterior shots. Primetime Media is an east midlands video production company based in Boston,  Lincolnshire.

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Primetime Media are delighted to announce the winner of our competition: Steve Hyde of LIVES First Responders, Lincolnshire.  The competition was drawn last August, but with LIVES’ planned redevelopment of their website we’ve held back from filming to accommodate their new ideas.

The prize was for a free one minute web video, but after initial meetings with the team at LIVES, Primetime Media producer Joanna White decided to increase their support and will be supplying five short videos for their website –

Today Joanna visited their offices in Horncastle with cameraman Simon White to record a number of instructional videos including how to correctly perform CPR and how to use a defibrillator. Steve Hyde gave us an interview about what’s involved with being a LIVES First Responder, and our video takes you through the training process involved.

The Horncastle News sent a reporter along to record the session, and an article will appear in the paper shortly along with a short video on their website

Primetime Media are delighted to be supporting this excellent Lincolnshire Charity, who provide an essential service to many rural areas that are not quickly accessible to ambulance services.  We hope the videos will be well received and will help to save even more lives across the County.

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Primetime Media has supplied holiday footage of Skegness for a new Visit England television advert campaign. The new adverts, which will run from March to June this year, will promote the resort as part of a larger advertising campaign that will aim to boost tourism across the country. Primetime Media spent a whole summer filming in Skegness and the surrounding area.

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Lincolnshire was put on the map when East Lindsey District Council teamed up with Primetime Media to produce a TV Commercial advertising Skegness, Mablethorpe and Poacher Country! The commercial was produced and directed by Steve White and aired on ITV regional channels across the East Midlands.

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Lysanda Eco-Log Metro from Primetime Media on Vimeo.

Lysanda asked Primetime Media’s Steve White to create a short promotional DVD to demonstrate how their ‘Eco-Log Metro’ works when installed in a vehicle. The monitor alerts a driver when their acceleration exceeds an economical level.

Primetime fitted two specialised camera clamps inside the car to record a journey and then in post production combined both video tracks to create the finished result.

Find out more about the Eco-Log here.

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