Horatio Phillips' experimental multiplane of 1884.
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Model (scale 1:10). In 1883 Phillips constructed and tested what became known as the 'Phillips Entry', an aerofoil designed on the asumption that the major part of the lift on a wing was provided by the front portion. Though not officially recognized, some have claimed that the first powered aeroplane flight in Britain was almost certainly made by Phillips in the multiplane in 1907. It covered a distance of about 152 metres.