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Collection Item Summary:

Composite image of sketches by Sir George Cayley copied from reproductions in book, Charles H. Gibbs-Smith, "Sir George Cayley (1773-1857)," Her Majesty's Stationery Office (London), 1968. Top to bottom: "Cayley's 1804 sketch of a model glider" page 7 (Fig. 6), "An improved fixed-wing glider, 1849" page 17 (Fig. 17), "Cayley's most advanced glider, 1853" page 21 (Fig. 20), "An 1849 triplane, tested briefly with a boy in the underslung car" page 16 (Fig. 15), and "Cayley's 1852 design for a man-carrying glider" page 19 (Fig. 18, top).

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Gliding and soaring

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Sir George Cayley

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Circa 1804-1853

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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