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Flight of the Quatorze-bis 23rd October 1906 by Dennis Melling

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A digital painting, using Whistler’s Rainbow in DAP, of the 14-bis (Quatorze-bis). Also known as Oiseau de proie (French for “bird of prey”) this was a pioneer-era canard biplane designed and built by Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont whilst living in France.
The PD image used is from an old postcard and was supplied by wikipedia commons.
On 23 October 1906, in Paris, France, it performed the first officially witnessed unaided takeoff and flight by a heavier-than-air aircraft.
It flew for 220 meters, qualifying for the aviation prize offered for heavier-than-air-aircraft, 1,000 francs for a flight of 100 meters or more.

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  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    Another beauty!!!! On September 13, 1906, it made a short hop and was Europe’s first
    powered manned heavier-than-air flight. A really excellent painting!!!! Bill

  • Thank you Bill :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 2 years ago


  • Thank you Jane :)
    I don’t know why on earth they flew it backwards???

    – Dennis Melling

  • kostolany244
    kostolany244almost 2 years ago

    9 February 2013

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  • Many thanks :)
    Much appreciated

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala8 months ago

    One of my favorite subjects Dennis! I love planes! This is marvelous! 5/8/.14

  • Oh right, I’ll send you some more :):)

    – Dennis Melling

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