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The Boxkite is born

George H Challenger, the newly appointed engineer and works manager at the old tramway sheds at Filton set about constructing a Farman type biplane, it came to be called a Boxkite. Emile Stern, the company's agent in Paris secured licensing rights as sole agency in the British Empire for the new 50 hp Gnome engine, which was duly fitted. They were very sure of this machine, works No 7, and on 30th July 1910, Edmond took to the air in a Boxkite for the first time.By November of that year Boxkites were being produced at the rate of two per week from the works at Filton.On the 14th November Sir George White set up a temporary hangar on Durdham Downs above Clifton at Bristol and his French test pilot Maurice T'tard took privileged passengers for a flight over Brunel's masterpiece, the Avon Gorge suspension Bridge.

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The Gnome Rotary engine from the company sales brochure

The Gnome Rotary engine from the company sales brochure
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Sir George White on Durdham Downs with Maurice Tetard

Sir George White on Durdham Downs with Maurice Tetard
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The Boxkite draws the crowds in 1910 at Bristol

The Boxkite draws the crowds in 1910 at Bristol
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