Le Bris’ 1st Albatross: Avoir le vent en “proue”.

The first of Jean-Marie Le Bris’s gliders, both known as L’Albatros artificiel (artificial Albatross). In 1856 Le Bris took the air from a cart towed by a horse in the Sainte-Anne-la-Palud beach. Sources say he achieved a height of 100 m (330 ft), a distance of 200 m (660 ft)…… and according to a report he also took with him the cart driver who got snared snared in the line. All ended well and all were unharmed…. unlike Le Bris’ second flight: he broke a leg then.

“Le vol remorqué de Jean-Marie Le Bris” of Georges Beuville (1978).


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