ca. 1900 CLARK BIWING ORNITHOPTER (Original)
|Ornithopters were designed to fly by flapping their wings like birds, an idea as old as time. James W. Clark, clock maker, bicycle repairman and inventor, of Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, supposedly tested this machine between 1900 and 1910. It failed to fly, was wrecked, then rebuilt and fitted with the present engine about 1907. If Clark had flown in 1900, this would be the oldest gasoline engine- powered flying machine in existence.
Specifications: engine 5 hp. Waterman Motor Company, two-cylinder vertical, water-cooled.
Accession no. 1993L05.
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