Aircraft designer and manufacturer. Born Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe at Patricroft, Manchester. He was inspired by the Wright brothers to devote himself to powered flight. In 1907 he built a biplane at Brooklands, Kent. His first triplane used a French engine, but in 1909, he produced and flew the first all-British plane. Knighted in 1929, he died at St Mary's Hospital, Porstmouth.
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