The Right Flyer

The Right Flyer

Gabriel Voisin, Henry Farman and the Archetype of Aeroplanes

Hardback354pp Illustrated226x228mm

9780956981103     Product Code: 513811


To be a practical, a flying machine must be able to take off unaided under its own power, negotiate a predetermined course and land in a fit state to re-ascend unassisted: the cellular biplane built by Gabriel and Charles Voisin for Henry Farman in 1907 was the first aeroplane to meet those criteria. This illustrated study of the Voisin-Farman venture describes both their technological ingenuity and the cultural ramifications of early flight – not least the rivalry between Europe and America.

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