You're viewing this item in the new Europeana website. View this item in the original Europeana.

PENAUD, Charles Alphonse

Alphonse Pénaud was a 19th-century French pioneer of aviation design and engineering. He achieves the first flight of an inherently stable airplane when his Planophore, a model aircraft powered by rubber bands turning a propeller, is flown 131 feet in 11 seconds. He went on to design a full sized aircraft with many advanced features, but was unable to get any support for the project, and eventuall…