Page last updated at 13:18 GMT, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 14:18 UK

Road named to honour first London to Manchester pilot

Louis Paulhan on the biplane
Mr Paulhan returned to Manchester in October 1962

A road has been named in honour of the first man to fly from London to Manchester - on the 100th anniversary of his achievement.

Louis Paulhan, from France, made the 195-mile (298km) flight in his Farman biplane, landing in a field in Burnage, Manchester, on 28 April 1910.

The flight took four hours and 12 minutes and made news across the world.

A road by the Aviation Viewing Park at Manchester Airport will now be known as Louis Paulhan Way.

'Greatest aviation feat'

The adventurous aviator won a £10,000 prize from a national newspaper for completing the flight from Hampstead in north London.

Andrew Cornish, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: "Louis Paulhan essentially brought the age of flying to the city of Manchester and at the time it was considered around the world to be one of the greatest aviation feats to date.

"Naming a road in Louis' honour at our Aviation Viewing Park, which is already home to aviation icons such as Concorde and Trident, was the most appropriate tribute to mark this anniversary."

Mr Paulhan returned to Manchester in October 1962 when he was one of the guests of honour at the opening of Manchester Airport's Terminal One.

He died four months later at the age of 79.



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