AEA Aerodrome #5 / Cygnet
A concept carried forward from Bell's 1902 kite designs, the 1907 kite-glider Cygnet I, was towed by a motorboat to an altitude of 168' (p: T Selfridge), but was destroyed in landing on the water.
As Cygnet II, it was modified with tricycle gear, 26'4" span, and an 8-cylinder Curtiss motor, with no success.
The 1909Aerodrome #5 / Cygnet was designed by Alexander G Bell, it was a "flying wall" on skids with a huge frontal surface composed of 360 tetrahedral cells arranged in a rectangular wing form, and with the pilot perched well out in front on skids. Tested at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on 22 and 24 February 1909, it failed to fly.
It did finally fly, as Cygnet III, with 70hp Gnôme rotary to help overcome its frontal mass, from ice-covered Lake Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia, on 1 March 1912, attaining 43mph (p: J McCurdy).
Span: 40'0" (?>52'6")