Louis Pierre Mouillard

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Louis Pierre Mouillard (September 30, 1834 – September 20, 1897) was a Frenchman who worked on human mechanical flight in the second half of the 19th century. He based much of his work on investigation of birds in Alexandria.

He published numerous essays. His most famous work, L'Empire de l'Air, in which he proposed fixed-wing gliders, was published in France in 1881 and soon became a widely recognized classic. It was reprinted by the Smithsonian Institution in English in 1893 as The Empire Of The Air.

Mouillard had been experimenting with gliders since 1856, and although his own gliders were with moderate success,[1] he realized the importance of gliding to the future of aviation - a perspective that was later shared by Otto Lilienthal.

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  1. ^ Crouch, page 67, in Chapter 4, page 67, Dream of Wings by Tom D. Crouch, published by W. W. Norton & Company, New York.

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