Samuel Franklin Cody, British aviator, 1911.
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Chromolithograph by Alick P F Ritchie of Cody (1862-1913) who was born in Texas but obtained British nationality in 1896 - hence the subtitle 'All British'. Cody pioneered the manlifting kite as a means of military observation - the kite holds the observer while the cable is supported by several smaller kites. He also took part in the planning and construction of the first British dirigible airship. On 16 October 1908 Cody made the first powered flight in Britain in his British Army aeroplane No 1 using a 50-hp Antoinette engine. He was killed in a flying accident. From 'Vanity Fair Supplement - Men of the Day'. Dimensions: 270 mm x 405 mm.