By Leonard E. Opdycke

French Aeroplanes prior to the nice struggle is a catalog of the aeroplanes of the approximately seven hundred French developers who labored sooner than the onset of global warfare I. each one of these aeroplanes flew a few didn't a few have been by no means even entire yet them all replicate the intense energy and feel of optimism that powered the aeronautical international earlier than the way forward for the aeroplane started to develop into clearer in wartime. If the Wrights had now not flown in 1903, one of many early French developers might in a short time have received the laurels for the 1st flight. the various machines seem in those pages most likely for the 1st time in print; others are hardly ever noticeable. This assortment serves as a type of large Exposition Internationale de Locomotion A?©rienne; readers are invited to go into the Grand Palais, as they may have in 1908 or 1909, to get pleasure from those extraordinary plane.

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Above and below: Two views of a Type XI Pinguin ground-trainer. Note the heavy protective forward skids and the abbreviated wingspan. (Author's collection) XI Type Parasol: Lieutenant Gouin is known as the designer of a Bleriot parasol monoplane, though he had also contributed to at least one aeroplane built with Henri Chazal.

Courtesy of the Musee de I'Air et in many of the Avia catalogs. The propeller turns, but the stationary Anzani de I 'Espace/Le Bourget-France) doesn't show here. One other very poor photo shows a full-sized machine in the Avia stand. (Courtesy of the Musee de I'Air et de I'EspacelLe BourgetFrance) 1. The first was readied for the 1909 Exposition in September, but it never flew. It was a single-seater with an awkward 4-wheel undercarriage, a long fuselage and a small rectangular rudder mounted above the rear end.

Peter M Bowers collection) French Aeroplanes Before the Great War once more, again being pulled from his wrecked aeroplane in the Channel. 8 m; wing area: 14 sqm; gross weight: 300 kg; speed: 36 kmh; 30 hp Anzani) The XI was built well into 1914, with many other engine combinations, such as the 50 and 100 hp Gnomes, the 50 hp Anzani, the 2cylinder Coudert, the 2-cylinder Dutheil et Chalmers, the 4-cylinder Humber, the 2-cylinder Clement-Bayard, and the 4-cylinder LaborPicker. A common development was the substitution of the 1911 -style one - or 2-piece elevators, often with a reverse-curve airfoil, for the initial tip surfaces.

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