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Pilcher Bat

In 1893 Pilcher had been appointed assistant lecturer in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Glasgow University, and it was there, inspired by Otto Lilienthal, that he designed his first glider, the Bat, in 1895 and tested it at Cardross. In 1896 he made his first glides, under Lilienthal’s tuition. This was the second form of Bat, with a bisecting circular fin and tailplane. Longer flights were made, some under towm when the wings’ dihedral was reduced.
2nd form (replica)



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