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One of Earliest Looking-Down-Between-the-Legs Views of the Eiffel Tower, from an Aeroplane, 1909

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“An Aviator’s-Eye View: a City Seen from an Aeroplane” is a wonderful composite image published in the Illustrated London News on October 30, 1909.  It represents the city from the point of view of the observer–in this case, the Comte de Lambert, who was the first person in France to receive flight instruction from Wilbur Wright, and who made what the New York Times referred to as “the most remarkable cross-country flight ever accomplished in an aeroplane1“. This was reported in the Times on October 19, 1909, when de Lambert  “left the Juvisy Aerodrome at 4:36 o’clock in a Wright machine, flew across Paris to the Eiffel Tower, circled it, and returned to his starting point, arriving safely at 5:25″, during which he reached a height of about 1300 feet. The you-are-there perspective is a very uncommon one in my experience, and now doubt this one must have given the readers of the ILN a queasy feeling of what flying looked like.  

Notes:

  1. New York Times, October 19, 1909: “PARIS, Oct. 18. — The most remarkable cross-country flight ever accomplished in an aeroplane was made this afternoon by Count de Lambert. He left the Juvisy Aerodrome at 4:36 o’clock in a Wright machine, flew across Paris to the Eiffel Tower, circled it, and returned to his starting point, arriving safely at 5:25…”
  2. Fkight eiffel tower 1909

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