During 13 years starting in 1856 French sea-captain Jean-Marie Le Bris pursued an very interesting “flying” career. He used as a basis for his designs the Albatross’ flights he observed during his voyages. He built two gliders. With the first one Le Bris achieved in late 1856 a sort of flight and later in another attempt a broken leg. A decade later, in 1868, a second improved glider saw the light, but proved to be a non flier.
If I’m not mistaken this image of the second glider is the first photograph of an aircraft ever taken…. by Nadar in 1868.