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A look from the balcony on the exposition floor at the Grand Palais (Paris) in 1913. Eyecatcher is the unconventional Nieuport-Dunne tailless biplane [France, 1913] | by Kees Kort Collection
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A look from the balcony on the exposition floor at the Grand Palais (Paris) in 1913. Eyecatcher is the unconventional Nieuport-Dunne tailless biplane [France, 1913]

[Stereo glass plate No.13767] A view from one of the balconies of the Grand Palais (Paris) to the ground exposition floor of the Paris air salon 1913.

Just in the first row is the Nieuport-Dunne tailless biplane. The original design was of the English Lt. J.W. Dunne who developed tailless biplanes from ca.1906 (a tailless glider) till ca. 1914. Although good flyers no orders were obtained from the UK military.

The Nieuport firm became interested in the concept of the Dunne tailless machines and obtained a licence. In the end they built a single sample, exposited it at the Paris Salon, and did much flying with the machine. No orders from the French military came in either, so the project was halted.

Behind the Nieuport stand at right can just be seen the Bathiat-Sanchez pusher biplane. A big machine with a twin rudder construction and twin tailbooms. Sanchez was the Chilean early aviator and millionaire Sanchez Besa.

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Taken on November 9, 2016