Reuben J. Spalding's Flying Machine

Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Archives Reference No.: 74-741

Drawing, sheet 2 of 5, U.S. Patent No. 398984, issued March, 5, 1889, for Reuben J. Spalding's Flying Machine. Consisting of wings and a tail attached to a man, the man-powered ornithopter device was designed to make its wearer look (and fly like) a bird.

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