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On November 4th 1909, John Moore-Brabazon proved to the world that pigs really are capable of flight.

The French journal La Revue de l’Aviation reported on the historic flight:
“The English aviator..had the rather extravagant idea to fly with a little pig which was perched in a wicker basket with this inscription..:”I am the first pig to fly”. The little pig did not fly for very long, but during the voyage it emitted, it is said, some grunts of satisfaction…or fear..”

(via)
"The de la Hault Orthopter displayed at the 1909 Olympia Aero Show" (via)

"The de la Hault Orthopter displayed at the 1909 Olympia Aero Show" (via)

the scientific kites of Alexander Graham Bell (via)

“Alexander Graham Bell (right) and his assistants observing the progress of one of his tetrahedral kites” (via)

Alexander Graham Bell (right) and his assistants observing the progress of one of his tetrahedral kites” (via)

the airship “Le Girardot”, proposed by Léonce Girardot, circa 1900

via L’Aerophile, v10

the airship Le Girardot, proposed by Léonce Girardot, circa 1900

via L’Aerophile, v10

"Stereograph of man with device designed for flying" (via the Library of Congress and Thiophene_Guy’s Flickr

"Stereograph of man with device designed for flying" (via the Library of Congress and Thiophene_Guy’s Flickr

sunday fantasy #393: from Aircraft, June 1910

sunday fantasy #393: from Aircraft, June 1910

Feb 9
the Maurice Léger helicopter, 1907 (via)

the Maurice Léger helicopter, 1907 (via)

Feb 8
Reuben B. Eubank, Jr and Judson C. Eubank, inventors (via)

Reuben B. Eubank, Jr and Judson C. Eubank, inventors (via)

“Helen Ditriye, “the girl-hawk” in 1909” (via)

Helen Ditriye, “the girl-hawk” in 1909” (via)

sunday fantasy #379: “In Futuro”, by F. W. Read, from an unknown issue of Life Magazine, 1901 (via Paul Malon’s flickr)

sunday fantasy #379: “In Futuro”, by F. W. Read, from an unknown issue of Life Magazine, 1901 (via Paul Malon’s flickr)

"Salon Aéronautique : moteur REP, 10 cylindres, 35 HP : [photographie de presse] / Agence Meurisse” (via)

"Salon Aéronautique : moteur REP, 10 cylindres, 35 HP : [photographie de presse] / Agence Meurisse” (via)

“Farman, Ghent, May 30, 08 [sends a sounding-balloon to appreciate the wind] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]” (via)

Farman, Ghent, May 30, 08 [sends a sounding-balloon to appreciate the wind] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol]” (via)

Sep 9
”..A few minutes later, while still in the valley of the Tiber, we entered a bank of clouds and saw a marvelous sight. Clouds had formed rapidly in a vast basin like the crater of a huge volcano, and through a rift in them we saw, 1900 feet below us, a curve of the river, like a broad silver band, reflecting the moon, which shone with extraordinary refulgence..

..Presently to our wonder and delight, there appeared on the white wall of vapor opposite and a little lower than our car, a perfect reflection of the balloon, rigging, car, and occupants, as clearly defined as in a magic lantern. All around the great shadow balloon was a radiant lunar rainbow. Straight below it was another bright little circular rainbow..

..For a few seconds the shadow picture seemed immovable; then the scene dissolved as swiftly as it came, and we were borne away on the freshened current of the southwest wind..”

From "Ballooning by Moonlight - Narrative Of A Woman’s Trip Over The Apennines"
by Countess Grace Di Campello Della SpinaThe Century Magazine, May 1907

”..A few minutes later, while still in the valley of the Tiber, we entered a bank of clouds and saw a marvelous sight. Clouds had formed rapidly in a vast basin like the crater of a huge volcano, and through a rift in them we saw, 1900 feet below us, a curve of the river, like a broad silver band, reflecting the moon, which shone with extraordinary refulgence..

..Presently to our wonder and delight, there appeared on the white wall of vapor opposite and a little lower than our car, a perfect reflection of the balloon, rigging, car, and occupants, as clearly defined as in a magic lantern. All around the great shadow balloon was a radiant lunar rainbow. Straight below it was another bright little circular rainbow..

..For a few seconds the shadow picture seemed immovable; then the scene dissolved as swiftly as it came, and we were borne away on the freshened current of the southwest wind..”

From "Ballooning by Moonlight - Narrative Of A Woman’s Trip Over The Apennines"
by Countess Grace Di Campello Della Spina

The Century Magazine, May 1907

the “Aerostatic and Heavier-than-air Aeronautical machine”, 1909 (patent)
(via theaerodrome)

the “Aerostatic and Heavier-than-air Aeronautical machine”, 1909 (patent)
(via theaerodrome)