Aéroplane Vuia 1

Designed by the Romanian pioneer Trajan Vuia, based in the Paris region, this automobile airplane is one of the very first machines to rise under the effect of its driving force. Its Serpollet engine is powered by liquid carbonic acid heated in a boiler. It then passes into the engine through a pipe equipped with a valve which allows you to adjust the power.

After finishing his studies, Traian Vuia continued to study the problem of flying, and began building his first aircraft, which he called the Aeroplan Automobil. Being short of funds, Vuia left for Paris in June 1902, hoping he could find someone interested in funding his project.

Once there, Vuia met Georges Besançon, the founder of the aeronautical journal L’Aérophile. With his help, Vuia managed to go through the vast documentation and fundamental works regarding aeronautics. Using the knowledge from other aviation pioneers such as George Cayley, Clément Ader, Samuel Langley and Otto Lilienthal, he presented a document to the Académie des Sciences on 16 February 1903. However, his project was rejected with the response that “The problem of flight with a machine which weighs more than air can not be solved and it is only a dream.”

Assembly: Paris (France)

First flight: 18 March 1906

Length: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)

Crew: 1

Powerplant: Vuia Serpollet

Power: 20 HP (15 kW)

Empty weight: 195 kg (430 lb)

Bourget Museum (ParisFrance)

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