Photographs of the Invention of the Airplane

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Table of Contents

  • Photographs of Early Aviation

    Photographs of early airplanes

    Wright brothers photographs.

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    A Sample of the Wright photographs

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    Several Wright brothers photos are badly damaged. Why?
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    Some of the images look posterized!

    Percy Pilcher

    Percy Pilcher's Beetle

    Percy Pilcher in Flight

    Pilcher images kindly provided by Philip Jarrett. For additional details on Pilcher, see Jarrett, 1987.


    Phillips 1904 Multiplane

    Phillips 1907 Multiplane II

    Miscellaneous Photographs

    Gastambide-Mengin I

    Archdeacon Floatplane

    Ferber Wright-type Glider

    Esnault Pelterie tests a modified Wright-type glider with forward elevons.

    Givaudan's less-than-successful design

    Bléroit III in an unsuccessful test, 1906.