A three quarters of an inch to one foot scale drawing of Pilcher's cyclone or umbrella sail. Item is signed and dated by P.S. Pilcher.
8 May 1897
Percy Pilcher: Drawings (1895-1899)
Influenced by the pioneering glider designs of Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896), Percy Sinclair Pilcher (1866-1899) developed 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…