Yearly Archives: 2010

Harry Ferguson – First flight in Ireland

1909 – 2009/10 Centenary of First Flight in Ireland

It was during 1909 that Harry Ferguson designed and built his aeroplane in Ireland. After many unsuccessful attempts due to poor weather, it was on the last day of 1909 – 31st December – that he completed his first successful flight. Harry was aged 25 years old at the time.

So Harry Ferguson made the first flight in Ireland.

The pictures below show Harry Ferguson with his Mk1 and 2 aircraft designs (one a taildragger, the other a tricycle undercarriage) – the passenger in the aircraft is one Rita Marr who travelled from Liverpool to fly with HF in Northern Ireland, date is not recorded.

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Old Prototype steering system for Ferguson tractors.

Old Prototype steering system for Ferguson tractors.

A bit of interest!

A member whose grandfather was a Nuffield, Ferguson dealer was given an item which bolts onto the grey Ferguson tractors, and steers it, whilst the farmers deals with the cattle in field etc. It was a prototype and he was given it whilst selling these tractors.

Here are some pictures:-