Reuben Jasper Spalding’s Flying Machine, Rosita, Colorado, USA

Patented March 5, 1889

"My invention relates to a machine for navigating the air, and has for its object to provide a simple, comparatively inexpensive, easily-operative, and efficient apparatus of this character."

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