Spencer Aerial Apparatus
Страна: Великобритания
Год: 1868

The tail and wings of trapeze artist Charles Spencer’s Aerial Apparatus. Based on the classic paper dart, the tail, shown here uncovered, was attached to the operator by means of a wickerwork “corset”. The complete apparatus, demonstrated to Dr Abel Hureau de Villeneuve (with unsurprising results), weighed a mere 18lb (8kg).
Spencer also tried - unsuccessfully - to patent this ambitious full-size paper-dart-based “Manumotive Flying Machine” in 1868. It was to be propelled by a “person actuating suitable propeller-fins”. Note the tiny figure with a telescope between the forward fins in this illustration of the machine over the sea, lending a sense of scale.