National Geographic : 1963 Oct
Wheel-shaped kite flies at Beinn Bhreagh in 1908 under the eye of its inventor, Dr. Bell (right). My son Melville scampers beneath it. Convinced that man would fly and that he himself might invent the machine, Dr. Bell had been experimenting with kites for many years. Bell's experiments coincid ed with one of mine. In 1903, desperate at having failed to find a ready source of photo graphs, I spent more than a month's salary on a camera. Thereafter I recorded Dr. Bell's historic work on film. As the only person to photo graph this kite, I have had countless requests for prints. With kitchen scales attached to kite cord, Mabel Bell meas ures the kite's lift. She pro posed her husband's famed Aerial Experiment Associa tion and backed it financially.