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"A glider is an aeroplane without an engine. It flies downhill, like an aerial toboggan." -- Berriman, 1913, Aviation, p. 249.

Early glides were made in 1660 by Allard and in 1677 by Bosnier in France.[1]

Jean-Marie Le Bris was said to have made a glide of ⅛ of a mile in 1855, a report endorsed by Octave Chanute.[2] This wiki has 33 patents in category "Gliders". Other techtypes related to Gliders: CA 244/14, CPC B64C31/024, CPC B64C31/028

Patents in category Gliders

Publications referring to Gliders

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  1. David, 1919, Aircraft, p. 2.
  2. Black, 1943, pp. 30–31.