Manuscripts/Mixed Material Bulletins, from October 5, 1908 to December 28, 1908
directly behind each other, marred the lifting effect. Whole masses of cells which seemed hardly within the reach of air current appeared to be solely useless ballast.
On the working program for the winter in Hammondsport, therefore, was placed the search for a more advantageous grouping of the cells, the program being carried out mainly by the younger element. Gliding experiments were suggested, which were taken up with enthusiasm. Faithful to the aim set by Mrs. Bell, viz., to arrive at real flight on the shortest route, there were soon rather eclectic proceedings, and thus a gliding machine was adopted, which came next to that of the brothers Voisin in France. In appearance it resembled the Herring-Chanute apparatus, but the most important part of that, the automatic steering tail, was replaced by a rigidly connected surface behind the wings. As wind vanes, small vertical planes at both sides behind the wing tips, were employed. The results of these gliding experiments resembled those of most of the