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Antoinette V16



Antoinette began as a private venture led by the engineer Léon Levavasseur. By 1904, most of the prize-winning speedboats in Europe were powered with Antoinette engines. During this time, he designed engines of various configurations of up to thirty-two cylinders.

The company's primary business was the sale of engines to aircraft builders. Their engines were used in the Santos-Dumont 14-bis of 1906, Paul Cornu's rudimentary helicopter of 1907, the Voisin biplane that was modified and piloted by Henri Farman who used it to complete Europe's first 1 kilometer circular flight in January 1908, and other significant pioneer aircraft.

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 There's magnificent poster painted as an advert for a big airshow at Nice,( Southern France)  of one of these planes flying as if you are sitting offset behind and above, the pilot. and the Coast  and Mediterranean Sea below, on the right. I hope someone can find a source of good copies. Nev

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Nev, that would be this 1910 Nice Airshow poster, linked to below. I can't agree the aircraft is an Antoinette - I would have to opine, it's an artists opinion of what a 1910 aircraft looks like, with the general layout of cockpit, pilot seating, and engine arrangement, seeming to be "gilded" with a little bit of "futuristic" appearance.




I have to agree, though, it's an outstanding vintage aviation poster. Charles-Léonce Brossé was the artist, and he gained fame from this art-noveau poster.



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Yes I agree the depiction is fairly generic. Funny I was only discussing this with a friend of mine 2 days ago at his home where he's had that picture on the wall  for ages, and his knowledge in detail of that stuff is very extensive. The coastline is very accurate, (I've been there) and the engine is probably intended to be a 3 cyl Anzani which is not correct. It's a great work of art, in my view worth having on any wall. Nev

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