The story of the aeroplane by Claude Grahame-White

By Claude Grahame-White

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After a short time, wheels, quite desirous of returning to his starting point, he made up his mind to get the better of his enemy, So he made a the wind. swift dive towards the To those below, he seemed to be droptremendous ping pace; so indeed he was. The impetus that his fall gave him, enabled him ground. at a to make headway the against the wind. And so, at he landed quite safely not very far the spot at which he had risen. an absolutely daring exhibition of flying, finish, from As this flight of Latham's will probably remain as something quite historic in the annals of the Chalons aerodrome.

Here, in making his record of over three hours Farman -flew extraordinarily low. In in the air, he seemed to rise and fall in the air, over every little hill and valley as he sped round the great course. Undoubtedly Fartnan represents one of the most scientific flyers of the day, and he is even more than a flyer. He is a deep thinker, and his one idea is to improve his machine. He is never content to stand still, and above all he never seems carried away by any wild outbursts of enthusiasm when he has achieved anything particularly noteworthy in the way of a flight.

It was on January n, 1908, that he was able to demonstrate to the people of Europe that the aeroplane could really fly. Starting away with Mr. Farman was his aeroplane flying very well, able to remain in the air for a period of i m. 55 s. This performance, although it would be eclipsed nowadays by the first flight of the veriest novice, was regarded, in those pioneer times, only three short years ago, as being some- Crowds came out thing altogether remarkable. to Issy to see this wonderful man and his even more wonderful machine.

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