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Sir George Cayley's Schoolbook (1780)

This is one of Sir George Cayley's schoolbooks which includes his earliest sketches of a flying machine alongside other remarkable drawings.

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Sir George Cayley's Notebook - 'Motive Power' (1793)

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…

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Sir George Cayley's Notebook - 'Vol 1' (1795)

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…

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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…

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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…

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WS Henson's 'Aerial Steam Carriage': Specification (1842-1843)

With the exception of Sir George Cayley, the first half of the 19th century witnessed little significant development in aeronautics until William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) published in 1843 his design for an advanced fixed-wing monoplane configuration known as the 'Aerial Steam Carriage'. Incorporating…

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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…

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Sir George Cayley's Notebook - 'Egypt' Part B (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…

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Aeronautical Society of Great Britain: Council Minutes (1866-1909)

From its formation in January 1866, the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain aimed to record developments in aeronautics through its meetings, lectures and publications - and this manuscript volume is a key record of the formative years of the oldest aeronautical society in the world and of the activities…

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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…

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Lawrence Hargrave: 'Evolution of the Flying Machine II' (1889-1902)

"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…

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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…

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Horace Short's Notebook (1909)

In this notebook, Horace Short made detailed sketches of the Wright Flyer from which the first official working drawings were made. The flying demonstrations of the Wright A in France resulted in a number of enquiries for replicas of the Wright aircraft. On Griffith Brewer's recommendation, the firm…

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British & Colonial Aeroplane Company Ltd. Minute Book No.1 (1910-1919)

The National Aerospace Library at Farnborough holds an extensive archive of original material relating to the work of FS Barnwell (including a number of his design notebooks) and to the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company and its successor the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Included in the Library's…

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