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9 October 1890: first take-off by Clément Ader's Eole aircraft

He departed near Paris for a distance of 50 metres and a height of 20 centimetres

On 9 October 1890, French engineer Clément Ader’s Eole (Avion I) aircraft took off from the grounds of Château d’Armainvilliers near Paris for a distance of approximately 50 metres and a height of around 20 centimetres. The performance is generally accepted by historians despite not being officially recorded, he claimed that it took place in front of witnesses and recounted the experience in a boo...

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