Cardiff-born Ernest Willows was a pioneer in the development of airships. His name lives on in this Wetherspoon pub and Willows High School. Born at 11 Newport Road, in 1886, Ernest Willows became the first man to fly over Cardiff, in 1910, using an airship of his own design. Subsequently, he failed to translate his technical expertise into commercial success and was killed in an air accident, while still in his twenties.
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