Leon Levavasseur, artist and engineer, built the first Antoinette in 1903. It did not fly. The first classic Antoinette was the IV of 1908.

Possibly the most famous Antoinette was the VII that Hubert Latham used for his second attempt to cross the English Channel in April 1909. Latham later flew the VII at Reims, winning the altitude prize, and in the United States across the Golden Gate, in San Francisco.

Specifications: Span 39 ft., length 39 ft., gross weight 1500 lbs., engine 50 hp.

Antoinette water-cooled V-8 (original); 85 hp. Continental air-cooled flat four (representation).

Accession no. 1996P01

Next Item