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Pilcher Bat

2nd form (replica)

In 1893 Percy 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 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 tow when the wings’ dihedral was reduced.



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