Saturday, May 3, 2008

Old Monoplane

This photograph shows the Demoisille monoplane, which was small enough to be transported on the back of a car. The photograph was taken in 1909, and captures an early moment in aviation history.

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  1. Somehow I find it difficult to see how such a small, fragile craft could launch with that guy's overcoat much less the coat and the guy together. The wing loading would be tremendous. Such was the faith placed on these early aircraft.

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  2. Somehow I find it difficult to see how such a small, fragile craft could launch with that guy's overcoat much less the coat and the guy together. The wing loading would be tremendous. Such was the faith placed on these early aircraft.

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  3. Yeah, the guy looks like a big rock compared to that little airplane. He does not look very aerodynamic.

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  4. My husband has been showing our young daughter the old pictures and reading the the captions. After seeing the airplane today, the first thing she asked him was, 'where is the restroom?' Glad we found you, your site is great.

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  5. The guy is Alberto Santos Dumont.

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