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Charles de Lambert

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1897. Lambert's Gliding Boat.

Charles, Count de Lambert (1865–1944) was an early European aviator.

De Lambert was the first person in France to be taught to fly by Wilbur Wright. The first lesson took place at Le Mans on 28 October 1908.

On 18 October 1909 de Lambert "left the Juvisy Aerodrome at 4:36 o'clock in a Wright machine, flew across Paris to the Eiffel Tower, circled it, and returned to his starting point, arriving safely at 5:25. De Lambert claimed that he flew 300 feet above the 1,000 foot Eiffel Tower which was nearly equal to Orville Wright's height record set in Berlin.

Lambert was a contender for the prize offered by the Daily Mail for a successful crossing of the English Channel in an aeroplane, but the prize was won by Louis Bleriot on 25 July 1909.

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