12 Nov 2016

12 November 1906: The first flight by Santos-Dumont

110 years ago, exactly today, the first officially observed flight in Europe that was longer than 25m was performed in Paris (FRA) by the Brazilian Aviation Pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, resident in France and famous for his experiments with small airships and balloons.

On 12 November 1906 he flew 220 metres (722 ft) in 21.5 seconds at a height of 6 meters with his 14Bis powered airplane.

The famous flight where a machine heavier than air for the first time rose from the ground. Paris 1906.

The 14bis on 12 November 2016.

Photo Credit: Polfoto/Topfoto / Jean-Pierre Lauwers