TO coincide with this year's Farnborough Air Show, three major pieces of aviation history have gone on show at Aldershot Military Museum.

The new exhibits include the 1910 and 1911 Michelin trophies won by flamboyant aviator and Rushmoor resident Samuel Franklin Cody, an American who later adopted British nationality.

Loaned to the museum by Cody's descendants, John and Peter Cody of Ash Vale, this is the first time local residents have had a chance to see the trophies for more than 90 years.

The addition of the trophies comes shortly after the museum acquired an important collection of bamboo pieces. The bamboo, recovered from Cody's workshop after his death in 1913, was an essential component of Cody's home-made aeroplanes. The bamboo pieces are also now on show at the museum.

Commenting on the new exhibits, museum curator Ian Maine said: "The trophies and the bamboo pieces are amongst the last remaining artefacts from Cody's collection. They are a reminder of Cody's vital role in Britain's aviation history."

The Cody Gallery at Aldershot Military Museum, opened in 1998, is already home to one of the largest collections of Cody artefacts. It recreated the sights and smells of Cody's workshop originally located at the end of the present day runway of Farnborough Airport.

Aldershot Military Museum, located just off Queen's Avenue, is open to visitors seven days a week. For more information, please contact Museum Curator Ian Maine on 01252 314598.