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Birdmen Collection

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Spring-Heeled Jack winged monster

Spring-Heeled Jack winged monster
Winged man-monster who terrified residents of Blackheath and other London suburbs from 1837 for many years but was never caught Date: 1830s

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Goya Birdmen

Goya Birdmen
MODO DE VOLAR One of Goyas many etchings depicting winged people, this is the most realistic, with wings large enough to be aerodynamically viable

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Lilienthal Airborne

Lilienthal Airborne
Otto LILIENTHAL in flight on hill near Ruthenow/Neustadt, Germany

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Frost Ornithopter

Frost Ornithopter
Mr Edward Purkis with a Frost Ornithopter in 1877 Date: 1877

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Lilienthal in Flight

Lilienthal in Flight
Otto LILIENTHAL in flight on hill near Ruthenow/Neustadt, Germany

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Flying Machine Inventor Unknown 1877

Flying Machine Inventor Unknown 1877 1877

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Balston Ornithopter Around 1908 in the UK

Balston Ornithopter Around 1908 in the UK Date: 1908

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Mr E Wilson with Two Pettigrew Wing Type Ornithopters ?

Mr E Wilson with Two Pettigrew Wing Type Ornithopters ?
Mr E Wilson with Two Pettigrew Wing Type Ornithopters Around 1905 Date: 1905

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Mr E Wilson with a Pettigrew Wing Type Ornithopter Sus?

Mr E Wilson with a Pettigrew Wing Type Ornithopter Sus?
Mr E Wilson with a Pettigrew Wing Type Ornithopter Suspended from a Specially Erected Scaffold Launch Tower, Caption Reads

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Major Bfs Baden Powell and His Flying Wing Ornithopter i?

Major Bfs Baden Powell and His Flying Wing Ornithopter i?
Major Bfs Baden Powell and His Flying Wing Ornithopter in the Mid to Late 1890S Date: 1890s

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Mr Dubois with His Ornithopter at the Concours Lepine, F?

Mr Dubois with His Ornithopter at the Concours Lepine, F?
Mr Dubois with His Ornithopter at the Concours Lepine, France in the 1930S Date: 1930s

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Bacqueville 1742

Bacqueville 1742
The marquis de BACQUEVILLE attempts to fly across the Seine at Paris; initially successful, he gets into difficulties, falls on a boat and breaks his leg Date: 1742

Background imageBirdmen Collection: De Groofs Fatal Crash

De Groofs Fatal Crash
DE GROOFs device is launched from a balloon over Cremorne Gardens, London. Unfortunately, something goes terribly wrong, and he plunges fatally to the ground. Date: 9 July 1874

Background imageBirdmen Collection: De Sandervals Project

De Sandervals Project
De Sandervals project : the engraving shows him in a state of suspension - did he ever get it off the ground ? Date: 1873

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Degen at Greenwich

Degen at Greenwich
The Aerial Man - the device is similar to Degen s, so this may be he - but did he actually fly over Greenwich Park ? We need to know more

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Lilienthal Portrait

Lilienthal Portrait
Otto LILIENTHAL, German birdman

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Restif - Elephantmen

Restif - Elephantmen
LES HOMMES-ELEFANS: Elephant-Men discovered by the flying men in the southern hemisphere

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Pulain Manpowered 1921

Pulain Manpowered 1921
At Longchamps, Paris, cyclist Pulain attempts to win the Prix Peugeot for a successful man-powered flight

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Manpowered Project 1922

Manpowered Project 1922
A grinning cyclist tries to get his glider airborne at the Parc des Princes stadium, Paris - but his wing is woefully inadequate to carry so much weight

Background imageBirdmen Collection: LEGAY AVIETTE 1920

LEGAY AVIETTE 1920
Competing for the Prix Peugeot at Longchamps, Paris, is the man-powered aviette of Legay, piloted by Jacques Noel who must pedal furiously to turn those twin propellers

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Degens Design / Colour

Degens Design / Colour
Jacob Degens flapping wings design

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Leturrs Birdman Project

Leturrs Birdman Project
Leturr cleverly solves the problem of getting airborne by releasing himself from a balloon : alas, his design is not so clever, and he plunges fatally to the ground

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Wilkins Birdwoman

Wilkins Birdwoman
GAIVRY, THE FLYING GIRL with her wings outstretched, ready to fly

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Wilkins Birdmen

Wilkins Birdmen
GLUM, THE FLYING MAN his clothing opens out to make wings - see companion picture of GAIVRY the Flying Girl

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Le Besniers Device

Le Besniers Device
LE BESNIER, of Sable, France, could not rise from the ground, but launched from a height could cross a river with his flapping paddles

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Size of Wings Needed

Size of Wings Needed
To support the weight of a man, 45 square metres of wing surface would be required

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Using Springboards

Using Springboards
A new sport in California - birdmen launch themselves from high springboards

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Wechmar Device

Wechmar Device
Flying man project of Herr WECHMAR, of Austria

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Quimby Device

Quimby Device
Flying man project of Mr QUIMBY of Wilmington, Delaware (USA)

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Capretti Device

Capretti Device
CAPRETTIs flying-man project, Milano, Italy

Background imageBirdmen Collection: De Groof Accident

De Groof Accident
DE GROOF launches himself from a balloon over Cremorne Gardens, London, but his device lets him down... fatally

Background imageBirdmen Collection: The Flying Man

The Flying Man
THE FLYING MAN a proposal from the Napoleonic era

Background imageBirdmen Collection: Birdman

Birdman fails to fly at Frankfurt, but survives accident


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