Story: Pearse, Richard William

Pearse aircraft patent application, 1906

Pearse aircraft patent application, 1906

In order to take out a patent on a work it must be described accurately. This drawing was part of the 1906 patent application by aviation pioneer Richard Pearse. After several years of building aircraft at his South Canterbury farm, Pearse was reported to have managed sustained flight in 1903. However, in the US the Wright brothers had patented their aircraft two months earlier than Pearse.

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Reference: ABPJ W4832 7396 Box 17 Patent no. 87637

How to cite this page:

Gordon Ogilvie. 'Pearse, Richard William', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1996. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3p19/pearse-richard-william (accessed 1 December 2020)