Challenger II by Bruce Rea-Taylor

By Bruce Rea-Taylor

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In 1883 Alexandre Goupil designed a bird-shaped aircraft with highly cambered wings, which spanned approximately 19 ft and 8 in. and had a wing area of 292 square ft. In a December 1883 test of an engine-less version that was tethered to the ground, it succeeded in lifting two men in the face of a 14-mph breeze. His most important contribution was the invention of elevons on each wing, which provided for both pitch and roll control. Although Goupil abandoned his research because of lack of funding, in 1916 Glenn Curtiss, who was involved in a bitter patent suit against the Wright brothers, would install a 100 hp Curtiss OXX engine in an aircraft based on Goupil’s design and briefly fly it in an effort to improve his case.

With the assistance of Paul Gauchot, Pénaud designed and patented a plan for a steam- 21 22 MILITARY AIRCRAFT, ORIGINS TO 1918 powered aircraft in 1876. Whereas Pénaud’s design most certainly would not have succeeded, it offered great promise; unfortunately, failure to win financial backing and criticism from his contemporaries drove Pénaud to commit suicide in 1880. In 1883 Alexandre Goupil designed a bird-shaped aircraft with highly cambered wings, which spanned approximately 19 ft and 8 in. and had a wing area of 292 square ft.

Roe, remained small and lacked the resources needed for technological innovation. As a result, the British were destined to enter the First World War with both an inadequate air service and an inadequate private aviation infrastructure. Whereas the prewar Russian military has generally been depicted as being technologically backward compared with the other great powers, this was not entirely true when it came to air power. After Louis Blériot’s flight across the English Channel in 1909, Tsar Nicholas II’s cousin, Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, played an instrumental role in promoting aviation in Russia and was named the first commander of the Department of the Air Fleet, soon known 35 36 MILITARY AIRCRAFT, ORIGINS TO 1918 as the Russian Imperial Air Service.

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