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N 3 B 140 C 1 E Sep 28, 2019 F Oct 14, 2019
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Léon Delagrange (1872-1910) had as a nickname 'The Dandy Pilot', being of a rich family he could afford an order for an own aeroplane. He ordered in all three biplanes from the Voisin brothers, which were named Delagrange-1 till -3.
Seen here in flight is the Delagrange-3, which boasted the latest configuration of the Voisin brothers in 1908/1909 with the characteristic compartments between the wings.
The engine fitted was an Antoinette V-8 water-cooled engine rated at 50 hp, in that period the best water-cooled engine available.
As Delagrange performed many flights in September 1908 on the Issy-les-Moulineaux field, this could be a picture taken on 7 September 1908. According to the record he performed 17 rounds of the field, totalling 28 min. 1 sec. It is remarked that a collision with the Malecot dirigible was just prevented.
The day before he broke the world distance record, setting a flight of 24 km 727 m.
One wonders with what method those distances were measured, but there is a slight clue as a lot of posts are visible on the edge of the field which might be used to measure the exact distance.

Unfortunately Léon Delagrange came to his end on 4 October 1910 when he fatally crashed with a Blériot Type XI monoplane.

Source: Léon Delagrange : le "Dandy Volant". Editions Larivière, © 2003.

Tags:   1908 Cellulaire Delagrange Delagrange-3 Issy-les-Moulineaux Voisin

N 3 B 174 C 0 E Oct 10, 2019 F Oct 14, 2019
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Henry Farman ordered his first biplane from the Voisin brothers in 1907, installed with an Antoinette 8-cylinder water-cooled engine rated at 50 hp. The machine was rolled out on 22 August 1907.
Customers with the Voisin brothers could order the Voisin biplanes or specify what they wanted to bbe build. In this case Henry Farman ordered a fairly standard 1907 biplane of the Voisin design, the machine became known as the Farman No.1 presumably because this text was in larg(er) letters on the rudder than of the Voisin brothers who were the designers and constructors. Farman had chosen the engine model.
This vintage 1907 Voisin model precedes the somewhat later models which had the characteristic compartments in the wing, named in French as 'cellulaire'.

The card was written and postmarked on 28.12.08 [28 December 1908].

Tags:   1907 Biplane Henry Farman Pusher Voisin

N 3 B 214 C 1 E Oct 10, 2019 F Oct 13, 2019
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With the exception of some visible damage on the right lower wing this captured L.V.G. C.II looks immaculate.It is given that the machine was captured in the neighbourhood of Lunéville - when it had bombed the town - on 10 January 1916.
The exposition was on the Place Léopold in the centre of Lunéville. The town was then probably very near the front line.
Mark the two horses standing at the fuselage side, which have slept the machine to its exhibition place at the Place Léopold.
I could not find no more information on the bombing raid on Lunéville at 10 January 1916.

Tags:   1916 Biplane C.II German L.V.G. Lunéville captured

N 2 B 242 C 0 E Oct 12, 2019 F Oct 12, 2019
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A French Maurice Farman M.F.11 forced down in German territory. The crew was presumably taken prisoner. The machine gun in the front is already removed, so this picture was taken some time later.
The incident took place around the end of 1915 and the beginning of 1916, as this Feldpostkart was written on 6.1.16 [6 January 1916] and postmarked on the same day. Part of the postmark reads 18. Res.-Division.
As always interest was high to view a foreign military plane.

Tags:   1915 Farman M.F.11 Maurice Farman Pusher captured

N 2 B 222 C 0 E Oct 11, 2019 F Oct 11, 2019
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Victor Tatin was one of the great early aviation pioneers, having built in 1890 already a twin-propeller monoplane which was driven by a steam engine. Seen here is his second twin-propeller monoplane dating from 1907 which was testflown by Count Henri de la Vaulx in November 1907, but after a flight of some 70 meter the starboard wing failed which resulted in a crash, ruining the machine.
For protection de La Vaulx wore a home made protection suit, a part of whch can be seen on hs picture at left.
As ever the pilot of an aeroplane was seen as the important man and not the designer. Hence no mention on the card of Tatin. To make good the card maker spelled the name of de la Vaulx incorrect.

Tags:   1907 Saint-Cyr Tatin de la Vaulx monoplane twin propeller


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