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Photographs by Alberto Santos Dumont (1928)

Photographs by Alberto Santos Dumont (1928)

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Three photographs, original and unpublished in Brazil, of the charismatic aviator Alberto Santos Dumont in a meeting with other military personnel.

  • Set of three original and unpublished photographs in Brazil, showing a meeting between French and Brazilian military personnel, in which Santos Dumont participated.
  • 16 cm x 10 cm each.
  • Brazil, Santos Dumont Military Airfield in Rio de Janeiro.
  • December 17, 1928.
  • Excellent condition.

Visit from Santos Dumont and Mayor Prado - E.Av.M. - 17 - 12 - 928

Alberto Santos Dumont (1873 – 1932) invented and tested the first airship balloons with a gasoline engine. In 1901, he went around the Eiffel Tower with one of them and became world famous.

He became known above all for being one of the first – if not the first – to take off on board a plane with a gasoline engine. However, the credit for inventing the airplane is usually given to the Wright brothers. France is an exception, where Clément Ader made the first flight on October 9, 1890, but in military secrecy. In 1906, in a public demonstration in Paris, he flew about 60 meters at a height of two to three meters.

Here we have three original and unpublished photographs, one of which shows the aviator in the last years of his life.

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