History

Bell’s Powered Kite

Inventor Alexander Graham Bell is best known for the telephone but also made many contributions to early aeronautics. This man-carrying kite, the Cygnet III, was a powered kite with a “wing” made of 3,393 tetrahedral cells; it managed enough lift to fly on March 1, 1912. National Geographic is featuring photos from the early days of flight courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. They’re well worth checking out. #

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