Ader, Clement - The first step of Military Aviation in France (1907)
Clément Ader tells the story of the construction of the Eole. This device was considered by specialists and the scientific press as the first aerial device flown by a man at a low height and on a small distance.
He perfected his steam engine and built the first aircraft - named "L' avion" - in great secrecy, under contract with the Ministry of Defence. After a campaign of tests in 1891, he tried to continue his work. The Minister's lack of interest and the army's administrative burden forced him to stop his work.
76 pages. In English.