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 Lawrence Hargrave: 'Evolution of the Flying Machine I' (1885-1889)

"As far back as 1884 I put thought and labour on the evolution of the flying machine", noted Lawrence Hargrave in a letter of 9 March 1906 addressed to President and Members of The Aeronautical Society of Great Britain. From 1884 onwards Hargrave read a series of papers on his aeronautical research…

 Percy Pilcher: Drawings (1895-1899)

Influenced by the pioneering glider designs of Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896), Percy Sinclair Pilcher (1866-1899)┬ádeveloped his own series of glider designs in Glasgow from 1893. In 1896 Pilcher's "Gull" and "Hawk" gliders were produced, and Pilcher learnt the art of controlling his machine in the air…

 Sir George Cayley's Notebook - 'Egypt' Part A (1848-1855)

In his lifetime, Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) published just a few papers on the subject of aeronautics and many of his ideas are explored in five illustrated manuscript notebooks which were presented on permanent loan to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1946 by Cayley's grandson Sir Kenelm Cayley. The…

 Sir George Cayley's Notebook - 'Passions' (1812-1830)

In his lifetime, Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) published just a few papers on the subject of aeronautics and many of his ideas are explored in five illustrated manuscript notebooks which were presented on permanent loan to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1946 by Cayley's grandson Sir Kenelm Cayley. The…

 Sir George Cayley's Notebook - 'Sea' (1799-1811)

In his lifetime, Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) published just a few papers on the subject of aeronautics and many of his ideas are explored in five illustrated manuscript notebooks which were presented on permanent loan to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1946 by Cayley's grandson Sir Kenelm Cayley. The…