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A high-wing monoplane with a curved leading edge.

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    $\begingroup$ It would be interesting to know whether the front downward-projecting fin was intended to skid along the ground until take-off, or what-- that would seem awkward! $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 12:12
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    $\begingroup$ @quietflyer "There was a small elevator mounted at the front of the fuselage as well as a rectangular rudder mounted underneath, which also served as a nose skid.". I bet ground handling was just swell :D $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Oh! Those magnificent men in their flying machines! $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Apr 21, 2023 at 9:44

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It is a Blériot V. Only one was ever built and it did not fly very well. (if at all)

It was a canard configuration pusher monoplane so you are looking at it backwards. The curved part of the wing is the trailing edge, not the leading edge.

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    $\begingroup$ While it's aesthetically pleasing the design makes my skin crawl and I wouldn't want to fly it. It looks unstable to me, just seeing how close the wheels are together is worrying. the rudder in the front means it will have very little directional control at low speeds. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Commented Apr 18, 2023 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ All of those (to us) extremely wierd looking designs during this 'age' of flying (very late/very early 1800/1900's... wonder how many might have gone on to be usable if they didn't simply get discarded as ideas after the first crash? $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Apr 21, 2023 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ Also, looking at the above photo.. can't hep but to wonder how it was supposed to actually take off, the props look like it can't nose-up without ground striking, even with those wheels.... $\endgroup$
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Apr 21, 2023 at 9:48
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That is almost undoubtedly the Blériot V

The Blériot V was an early French aircraft built by Louis Blériot in 1907 and was his first monoplane. Although Blériot only achieved a couple of short flights in it, the second resulting in a crash which damaged the aircraft beyond repair, it was the first of his experimental aircraft to achieve any measure of success.


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Here is a slightly clearer image of your "crashed" instance
Source: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bleriot/imag-05.html

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    $\begingroup$ Many thanks to you all or taking the time to answer my question - much appreciated. $\endgroup$
    – John L
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 9:20

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