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Dumas Kit #1803, Pietenpol Air Camper by LASTWOODSMAN
LASTWOODSMAN"VUIA 2" - by Trajan Vuia March 18, 1906 (six months before Santos Dumont) - The Romanians consider Vuia to be the first one who took off using the airplnae's own energy source ( ie, landing gear and motor, and not catapulted down a rail by sandbags falling from a tower and using no landing gear like the Wrights did).
rgoodHard to believe that this actually flew! (under control!)
rgoodI do wonder why so many feel anti-Wright Brothers? They did IT!
LASTWOODSMANThis plane sort of looks like todays' Ultralights, Yes there is a lot of controversy concerning who was the "first" to "fly" - new books and new evidence. Check out Cecil A. Steeves Oct 10, 1936 affidavit here http://www.deepsky.com/~firstflight/Pages/steeves.html and the Smithsonian "Contract" with the Wright Brothers here http://www.wright-brothers.org/History_Wing/History_of_the_Airplane/Who_Was_First/Smithsonian_Contract/Smithsonian_Contract.htm "Neither the Smithsonian Institution or its successors ... shall publish or permit to be displayed ...any aircraft model or design of earlier date than the Wright Aeroplane of 1903, claiming in effect that such aircraft was capable of carrying a man under its own power in controlled flight." This contract in 1942 was to bring back the "Wright Flyer", which had been sent to England in 1903, back to the US.
rgoodWhere is the hard evidence of all these "would be" first to fly, a fully controlled aircraft, bod's? Photo's - trust worthy witness's etc!
LASTWOODSMANJane's All the World Aircraft will credit Bridgeport's Gustave Whitehead as the first man to build an operational heavier-than-air aircraft http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Aviation-bible-Whitehead-first-to-fly-4348050.php

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Guillows Series 800 - Mosquito by David Duckett
David DuckettCovering finished. Now for the plastic pieces.
BriandKilbydavid, when you put your hinges on the elevator, how did you center them or did you have to offset them cause of the middle 1/16" sheet?
David DuckettI didn't hinge them, they are just glued on.

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Dumas Kit #1803, Pietenpol Air Camper by LASTWOODSMAN
LASTWOODSMANWent flying in the dark tonight when the Cricket Wicket cleared, at 9:35 pm about 35 minutes after sunset. Got only one good pic out of eight tries. A "Hoary Bat" was chasing the 18" Air Camper
LASTWOODSMANThe Air Camper also hit a tree trunk near the end of one of its flights, and also got stuck in a spruce tree about 4 feet up - no damage - Whew!

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Dumas Kit #1803, Pietenpol Air Camper by LASTWOODSMAN
LASTWOODSMAN"VUIA II" 1907 - by Trajan Vuia
LASTWOODSMANIt is interesting, that in Wikipedia's "Claims to be the first powered flight" article, they discuss Ader, DuTemple, russian Mozhaiski, Whitehead, Pearse, Langley, Jatho, Ellehammer, Wrights, and Santos--Dumont, but for some reason, neglected to even mention Trajan Vuia ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claims_to_the_first_powered_flight

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No. 22 by Gustave Whitehead - replica built to prove it could fly ...
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"No. 21" and "No. 22" by Gustave Whitehead 1901-1903 - now recognized as the "first" to fly ...
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"VUIA 2" - by Trajan Vuia March 18, 1906 (six months before Santos Dumont) - The Romanians consider Vuia to be the first one who took off using the airplnae's own energy source ( ie, landing gear and motor, and not catapulted down a rail by sandbags falling from a tower and using no landing gear like the Wrights did).
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"VUIA II" 1907 - by Trajan Vuia
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"AVION III" - by Clement Ader 1897
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