Louis Ferdinand Ferber, 1862-1909

<p><strong>24. Le Cap.<sup>NE</sup> Ferber Passant Sur Les Champs Elise├ęs</strong></p>

Artillery captain Louis Ferdinand Ferber was one of France's most determined proponents of powered flight. In 1902, he tested a crude glider based on Chanute's descriptions of the Wright's 1901 glider. In 1905 he attempted to negotiate the purchase of a Wright Flyer for the French government. In 1907, he collaborated with Voisin to design the first successful French biplane. Ferber died in a crack-up while landing his plane in 1909.