Its the 20th of July 2014, i’m at Tréguennec, Brittany, France. The location of my very first aerial picture. only this picture doesn’t feel like the first, its feels more like “collateral damage” of test flights.
This first “trial and error” picture was taken during a test flight near the campsite where we stayed. this may be the official first picture, but not for me, this one was taken a day later.
Phare D’Eckmuhl in France, Brittany, Penmarch. One of the biggest and most important lighthouses in the region.
After i finished, i watched the pictures and was a little disappointed, there was a little thread that was waving in front of the lens-
Lucky me, there were some pictures that where useful after some photoshop, and tada… one nice picture
so, this was the little story that brings back lots of memories.
I’l keep loving this picture till eternity
Samuel Franklin Cowdery later known as Samuel Franklin Cody
Samuel, a wild west showman and an early pioneer in manned flights and most famous for his “Cody war kites” used by the British in WW1.
Balloons vs Kites
In one of the versions of this part is that S. Cowdery bercame intrested in kites because of his friendship with balloonist Auguste Gaudron. Cowedry showed an early intrest in the creation of kites that can reach high altitudes and of carying a man.
The problem that existed with use of balloons formeteorological and military observation is that they could only opperate in light wind conditions. Cowdery realised that kites, that can opperate in stronger winds, would allow these activities to be carried out in a wider range of weather conditions. His kites where soon adaoppted for meteorology purposes.
Cowdery further developed the
Lawrence Hargrave’s double-cell box kite to increase its lifting power. The biggest modification he did was adding the wings on either side of the kite.
Then he designed and developed a system to fly multiple kites at a single line. This system was able to ascend many thousands of feet, all this while carrying several men in a gondola.
In 1901 Cowdery patented his design and the cody kite was born
Historical facts about the cody kite
Cowdery offerd his design to the war office, made several demonstration flights up to 2.000ft arround London
A large exhibiton of the cody kites at Alexandra Palace
Cowdery crossed the English channel in a Berthon Boat towed by one of his Cody kites
Research and demonstration for military possibilities
Demonstration on the deck of the HMS Revenge. The admiralty bought 4 kites.
Other Facts Telled by pictures:
Cody kites today:
Today you can find Cody’s in all sizes and shapes, this one i have is an adaption to the original model. Its called a Treczoks Cody.
Arthur Batut, 1888 The first kite aerial photographs were taken by a British meteorologist called Douglas Archibald in 1887 and Arthur Batut in Labruguière (France) in 1888. you can see one of the early pictures from Batut here:
Other pioneers Manned kite flying and aerial photography was advanced also by French Marcel Maillot, British Robert Baden-Powell, Americans Charles Lamson and William Abner Eddy, Australian Lawrence Hargrave (inventor of box kite in 1893 and kite train in 1884) and French Captain Saconney.
San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 There is a famous kite image of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. You can see this photograph below. It was taken by George Lawrence using a large panoramic camera and stabilizing rig (or Picavet) he designed.
Equipment: Automatic Lifting rig, 1912-1913
Henry Wellcome’s photographic automatic kite trolley aerial camera deivce used at Jebel Moya, Sudan, 1912-1913.
Souvenirs They also used KAP pictures for souvenirs, here u see one on a post card
Equipment, kites, lines,… they al’ve gone trough a transformation.
The things used today you can find in the different topics on my site