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"the Deutsch Prize" Santos. Dumont. N.o 6.
Geo. Hum. Vincent Brooks Day & Son Lt.d lith.
Vanity Fair Nov.r 14th 1901.
Chromolithograph, sheet 380 x 260mm (15 x 10¼").
Caricature of Alberto Santos Dumont (1873 - 1932), Brazillian aeronaut, sportsman and inventor, in a flying machine. The Deutsch de la Meurthe prize, simply known as the Deutsch prize, of 100,000 francs was offered by Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe (born Salomon Henry Deutsch 18461919) to the first machine capable of flying a round trip from the Parc Saint Cloud to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and back in less than 30 minutes. On October 19, 1901, Santos-Dumont launched his Number 6 airship at 2:30 pm. After only nine minutes of flight, Santos-Dumont had rounded the Eiffel Tower, but then suffered an engine failure. To restart the engine, he had to climb back over the gondola rail without a safety harness. The attempt was successful, and he crossed the finish line in 29 minutes 30 seconds. However, a short delay arose before his mooring line was secured, and at first the adjudicating committee refused him the prize, despite de la Meurthe, who was present, declaring himself satisfied. This caused a public outcry from the crowds watching the flight, as well as comment in the press. However a face-saving compromise was reached, and Santos-Dumont was awarded the prize. In a charitable gesture, he gave half the prize to his crew and then donated the other half to the poor of Paris.
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