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Title 1900 Clark Biwing Ornithopter
Object Name Ornithopter
Other Name 1900 Clark Biwing Ornithopter
Caption Clark Bi-Wing Ornithopter, circa 1900; partially feathered
Description Circa 1900 Clark Bi-Wing Ornithopter. Original condition; on loan from third owner. Engine 5 hp. Waterman Motor Company, two-cylinder vertical, water-cooled.

Ornithopters were designed to fly by flapping their wings like birds, an idea as old as time. James W. Clark, clock maker, bicycle repairman and inventor, of Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, supposedly tested this machine between 1900 and 1910. It failed to fly, was wrecked, then rebuilt and fitted with the present engine in about 1907. If Clark had flown in 1900, this would be the oldest gasoline engine-powered flying machine in existence.
Accession# 1993L05
Object ID 1993L05
Collection Aircraft Collection
Creator Clark, James W.
Date ca. 1900
Year Range from 1899
Year Range to 1901