A 'Penaud' style flying model, c 1871.

A 'Penaud' style flying model, c 1871.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


A 'Penaud' style flying model powered with a rubber band. Alphonse Penaud (1850-1880) produced a number of aerial 'toy' planophores around 1871. One such 'helicopter' toy was said to have inspired the Wright Brothers in their youth.

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