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Bowlus 1-S-2100 Senior Albatross "Falcon", 1933

Bowlus 1-S-2100 Senior Albatross 'Falcon', 1933

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Bowlus 1-S-2100 Senior Albatross "Falcon", 1933

Monoplane glider with strut-braced, gull-type wing mounted high on monocoque fuselage; wooden construction with steel and aluminum fittings and controls; fuselage and wing leading edge covered with mahogany plywood. In 1933, du Pont teamed with Hawley Bowlus and the two men set up shop in San Fernando, California, to build gliders. Their most successful competition sailplane was the Senior Albatross. The Bowlus shop built four and Warren Eaton bought the third in May 1934. He named the sailplane " Falcon" and flew it often including over the Blue Ridge Mountains from an airfield at Big Meadows, VA, in 1934

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This print showcases the remarkable Bowlus 1-S-2100 Senior Albatross "Falcon" from 1933. This monoplane glider, designed by Hawley Bowlus in collaboration with du Pont, represents a significant milestone in aviation history. The wooden construction of the aircraft, combined with steel and aluminum fittings and controls, highlights the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into its creation. The gull-type wing mounted high on the monocoque fuselage gives this glider a unique appearance, while the mahogany plywood covering adds an elegant touch. The Bowlus shop built only four of these exceptional sailplanes, with Warren Eaton acquiring the third one in May 1934. He affectionately named it "Falcon" and frequently took it for flights over the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains from an airfield at Big Meadows in Virginia. This photograph not only captures a moment frozen in time but also serves as a testament to American ingenuity and innovation during the early days of aviation. It is now preserved as part of the National Air and Space Museum's collection, housed within their esteemed scientific institution. As we gaze upon this image, we are reminded of how far technology has advanced since then while appreciating the legacy left behind by pioneers like William Hawley Bowlus. Their contributions continue to inspire future generations who strive to push boundaries further in air transport exploration.

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