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At the following link, one can see a video of Percy Pilcher flying his "Hawk" glider on June 27 1897: The original film footage has been lost, and the video was one that's been constructed, using seven of the surviving still frames, from that film.
"I note that there was a model constructed for this patent--I'd love to see that." You can. Spalding actually made two models. The one that went to the US Patent Office, to accompany his patent application, still survives. A large colour photo of it can be seen on page 63 of the Time-Life book "The Road to Kitty Hawk" (ISBN 0809432609). The second model was gifted by a Spalding descendant to the author Don Dwiggins. Photos of that model can be seen in Dwiggins' book "Man-Powered Aircraft" (ISBN 0830622543). Cheers, Paul
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Apr 8, 2012