Patent US-1908-906406

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  • "The object of my invention is to enable men to soar in the air, and to this end, my invention consists of one or more main or soaring aeroplanes of a peculiar construction, propelled by a plurality of smaller aeroplanes"

Big vessel with a series of small aeroplanes that can go together smoothly or diverge; operator flaps propelling aeroplanes downwards with a footpedal, then elastics snap them back into position; angle modified by operator shifting weight. Complicated; looks a bit like a harvester.

  • Inventor location: Savannah, Chatham county, GA (FIPSloc=13051, imputed by HistPat)


Year filed 1906
Year granted 1908
Office US
Patent number 906406
Inventors Thomas H. Gignilliat
Inventor country US
Applicant person Thomas H. Gignilliat
Applicant firm
Applicant type INDIV
Applicant is inventor? Yes
Original title Aeroplane flying-machine
English title Aeroplane flying machine
Tech fields airfoil, frame, takeoff, flapping, human-powered, navigation, ornithopter
Filing date December 13, 1906
Full specification filed date
Application number 1906347672
Grant date December 8, 1908
Granted? Yes
Publication date
Supplementary to patent
Related to aircraft? Yes
Serial number 347672
Patent agent
Assigned to
National tech categories USPC 244/11, USPC 244/63
IPCs IPC B64C33/00
CPCs CPC B64C33/00
Family year 1906
First filing? Yes
Number of citations
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Application ID
Number of text pages 4
Number of diagram pages 4
Number of figures 8
Number of claims 8