Voisin box-kite, Chalons, 1908.
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Henri Farman (1874-1958) flying his Voisin box-kite during a period when it was temporarily converted to a tri-plane. Henry Farman, the son of the Paris correspondent of the London Standard, took up flying after deciding it would be safer then racing motorcycles or cars. He became associated with the Voisin brothers, designers and builders of aeroplanes, and later became well known for his skill in handling the machines. On 13 January 1908, he made aviation history when he completed the first circular kilometer flight in Europe at Issy-les- Molineaux.