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Radical Designs
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Radical Designs

Alberto Santos-Dumont was not the only inventive French aircraft designer in the years leading up to World War I. During this remarkably creative period, an endless parade of memorable models, some influential to later airplane builders, others fantastically quirky one-offs, graced the skies over France and elsewhere—or tried to. Here, sample a few of the most imaginative designs.—Evan Hadingham

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