Le Bris J.-M. Albatross
L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)
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A.Andrews. The Flying Machine: Its Evolution through the Ages (Putnam)
Over the same period another French sailor, Captain Jean-Marie Le Bris, was designing, occasionally flying, and inevitably crashing, a full-size glider of parachute design. This seems to have been the last practical glider to carry its man in a boat-shaped cradle corresponding to the airship gondola or Cayley’s car. Its wings were modelled on the albatross, a bird Captain Le Bris had studied on voyages in southern seas. He was also enterprising in using a moving cart from which to launch himself. He made one successful glide, but crashed after a second take-off and broke a leg. He made another machine with which he conducted many practical experiments, mainly in ballast. He finally saw it destroyed in a serious accident. But Le Bris had set a good standard for detailed experimentation with full-size machines.
Sir George Cayley died in the year du Temple and Le Bris notched their own first gratifying successes. Cayley had never got as far as installing his hot-air engine in even a model aircraft, like du Temple, or experiencing the fearful personal test of preliminary flight control, like Le Bris. But he did put a man into the air on an aeroplane and, as an old man in his eighties, there was excuse enough for him that he could not himself make the ascent. The Marquis de Bacqueville, consumed with ambition to wing-flap across the Seine, felt cold feet and asked his valet to put on the wings. Cayley, with none of his endurance or keenness of observation surviving to take him gliding, requested his coachman to go in his place. But he met with a parallel mutinous response.