Alphonse Penaud

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Birthday
31, 1850
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Oct 22, 1880 (30)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
31, 1850
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Oct 22, 1880 (30)

About

French aviation pioneer known for creating the first successful flying model, known as the Planophore, in 1871. Despite his many innovations, including the use of twisted rubber, he was unable to profit from his work and committed suicide in 1880.

Before Fame

He became Vice President of the Societe Aeronautique de France and created his first successful model helicopter in 1870.

Trivia

He suffered from a hip disease that required the use of crutches to walk.

Family Life

His father was an admiral in the French Navy.

Associated With

He and Germany's Gustave Whitehead are two of aviation's earliest pioneers.