To celebrate 100 years of flight Le Mans Sarthe Aero Retro group staged an event at the Hunaudières race course in Le Mans marking Wilbur Wright’s first flight in France on 8 August.
Pilot Jef Jacquelin took up the Wright Flyer Type-A replica (F-PMAN) managing two safe hops along the Le Mans runway, in front of a small crowd, said spectator Stephen Wolf.
A century ago the first flight lasted 1 minute 45 seconds, and was long enough for two circuits of the race course, demonstrating to the assembled crowd of onlookers (which included Louis Bleriot) that the Wright brothers had mastered flight. This feat sparked widespread aviation development, which continues to this day.
See more images of the Wright Flyer replicas in our gallery of images including one image of a German Wright Flyer replica hung from the church roof of Abbaye de l’Épau.
(Images courtesy of Stephen Wolf)