Ornithopter and creator George R. White at St. Augustine

Ornithopter and creator George R. White at St. Augustine

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  • Ornithopter and creator George R. White at St. Augustine

Image Number

  • PR00458


  • 1927

Date Note

  • Photographed September 21, 1927.

Series Title

General Note

  • George R. White of Stoney Brook, Long Island, New York, former aviator and flying instructor during the war, on the beach at St. Augustine where he attempted to make the first successful bird-like flight in history. White is in his foot-propelled, wing-flapping, motorless ornithopter which weighs 118 pounds, is 8 feet in length, and has a wing span of 29.5 feet. The frame was of chrome molybdenum covered with a non-inflammable celluloid fabric.
  • It crashed on the test flight, but it was later improved.

Physical Description

  • 1 photograph - b&w - 10 x 8 in.in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

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