Santos-Dumont flew the 14-bis nearly 197 feet (60 meters) on October 23, 1906, thus winning the 3000-franc Archdeacon prize for the first observed and sustained flight of more than 25 meters. On November 12, 1906, he flew 21 seconds, covering 722 feet (220 meters), to gain the distinction of making the first officially recognized sustained and powered flight in Europe. The 14-bis was a large tail-first aircraft with a covered fuselage and wheeled undercarriage. The while aircraft appeared to be flying backwards. Power was provided by a 50-horsepower (37-kilowatt) Antoinette engine, driving a two-blade pusher propeller.
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