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Commercial pilot William Hosie.<br />
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British pilot William Hosie is attempting to build a working replica of the historic S.5 Schneider trophy seaplane, 33 years after his father was killed in an identical aircraft.<br />
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William Hosie, 58, needs to raise £275,000 to construct a unique Supermarine S.5 from scratch, using the original blueprints of the famous aircraft designed by R.J.Mitchelll in the 1920's.<br />
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The project has an added poignancy as his father, Bill Hosie, perished aged 57 flying an identical S.5 replica he'd built over Mylor, Cornwall, in May 1987.<br />
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Once complete, William hopes to fly the unique seaplane at airshows as a reminder of Britain's proud history from the pioneering days of aircraft and as a tribute to his late father.<br />
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The Supermarine S.5 won the prestigious Schneider Trophy in Venice in 1927 with a speed of 281mph. If Will, from Taunton, Somerset, succeeds, his will be the only working Supermarine S5 in the world.