Aviation Post Card Collection...
Wilbur Wright "Flyer Type A" flying above
Pau, in France. Until 1910, the Wright Brothers only performed
flights in Europe in France. The first european flight took
place in the 9th of August of 1908. In the postcard, the
Wright Brothers fly above Pau, and it's in this city that they
open the first aviation school in the world. Their first
student was Charles, the Count of Lambert.
Wilbur Wright "Flyer Type A" flying in
France. After the first 1908 flights, the Flyer could reach a
distance of 10km and fly 20 meters above the earth.
Alberto Santos Dumont -
Alberto Santos-Dumont was an early pioneer
of aviation. He was born, grew up, and died in Brazil. His
contributions to aviation took place while he was living in
Paris, France. Santos-Dumont designed, built, and flew the
first practical dirigible balloons. In doing so he became the
first person to demonstrate that routine, controlled flight
was possible. This "conquest of the air", in particular
winning the Deutsch de la Meurthe prize on 19 October 1901 on
a flight that rounded the Eiffel Tower, made him one of the
most famous persons in the world during the early 1900s.
In addition to his pioneering work in airships, Santos-Dumont
made the first public flight of an airplane in Paris in
October 1906. That aircraft, designated 14-bis or Oiseau de
proie (French for "bird of prey"), is considered to be the
first to take off, fly, and land without the use of catapults,
high winds, launch rails, or other external assistance. Thus
some consider him to be the inventor of the airplane. The
postcard shows Santos-Dumont in an early flight (1906) in
Henri Farman flying his Voisin biplane in
Camp de Chalons, France. This photo was taken on the 11th of
October 1908, the date when Farman beat the height record of
25 meters, collecting 2500 franch francs for the effort.
Farman started flying in 1907, and in that same year he
achieved a few world records such as the Duration and Distance
Record (770 meters in 52 seconds, in the 26th October 1907) or
the Speed Record (one quilometer in 1m28s on January 13th,
1909). Henry Farman, 84, French aviation pioneer, died at his
home in Paris on July 19 1958, after a long illness. Farman
flew a biplane constructed by himself and his brother in 1907.
He received license No. 5 from the French Aero Club. As a
young sports enthusiast, he became interested in bicycling,
ballooning, gliding, and then motorcycles and automobiles,
winning many races. He established a school of aviation and
construction works near Versailles in 1908, and also at
Boulogne-sur-Seine, and his planes received favorable
attention before World War I. In 1917 he constructed the
Goliath prototype for passenger airliners.
Postcard dated 1908 showing Henri
Farman flying his Voisin biplane near Reims, France. In this
flight from Camp de Chalous to Reims he managed to achieve an
average speed of 95Km/h.
Another postcard dated 1908 showing Henri
Farman flying his Voisin biplane in this
flight from Camp de Chalous to Reims, were he managed to achieve an
average speed of 95Km/h.
Blériot began in 1900 with a beating-wing
machine. His second was a Voisin along the lines of that made
for Farman and Delagrange in 1905. In 1906 a third was
experimented with on Lake Enghien. On April 5th 1907, Blériot
made his first flight, one 5-6m, at Bagatelle, after several
years of experimenting. The Blériot XI (Antoinette 65 h.p.)
was brought out in January 1909. This was a tractor monoplane
with warping wings, open fuselage, fixed horizontal stabilizer
in tail to which were hinged elevators and which were hinged
elevators and rudder on rear strut of fuselage. This machine
with the Gnome 50 and 100 h.p. engines was so successful that
it was copied all over the world. In America copies and parts
gherefor were sold to a rather large extent. Leblanc and
others flew Bleriots in the Belmont Park meet in 1910.
Blériot's greatest achivement in actual flight was his first
airplane crossing of the English Channel, July 25, 1909. In
the Rheims meet in August 1909, he won first prize for speed
over Curtiss. After some further experimenting with two other
machines, including a monoplane "limousine," Blériot quit
active participation in flying. The postcard shows Bleriot
arriving in England, 31 minutes after departing from Calais,
Another postcard showing Blériot's greatest achivement:
airplane crossing of the English Channel, July 25th, 1909.
Leon Delagrande plane (Voisin-Delagrande Nr
2) in flight. Leon Delagrande was one of the biggest early
aviators, along with Farman and Bleriot. The first flight (40m
long) of Delagrande took place in France in the 5th of
November of 1907. In September 1908 he was the first european
to fly for more then 30 minutes. In the 4th of January of 1910
he died in a Bleriot XI monoplan, on the opening of Croix
Another postcard of Leon Delagrande, flying
is Voisin-Delagrande Nr 2 at Bagatelle.
Another postcard showing Leon Delagrande
taking off with Voisin-Delagrande Nr 2.
This postcard shows the early ace Hubert
Latham flying his monoplan Antoinette, that put his name in
many prize sheets of the first "Great Aviation Meeting of
Champagne". He took first place for maximum height (at 155
meters) and collected 10.000 FF. He also took 2nd place in the
distance (154 km), 3rd in the circuit lap (10 km in 8 minutes)
and 3rd in the speed record. Hubert Latham was killed in 1912
by a buffalo while hunting in Africa.