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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.