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HENRI COANDA - FIRST JET PLANE - 1910

The first jet propulsed plane was invented by Henri Coanda. Exhibited in Paris in 1910 (see photo) seven years after the Wright brothers flight, the inventor flew the plane that same year. Excessive heat from extruded flames engulfed the plane and due to lack of funds no further development occurred. A model hangs in the Bucharest "Coanda" Airport.
COANDA, Henri
Dan Antoniu, George Cicos, Ioan-Vasile Buiu, Alexandru Bartoc, Robert Sutic (Editura Anima, Bucharest 2010)
This volume covers his prolific technical work as an aircraft pioneer betyween 1906 and 1918. A superbly crafted volume. Companion to Romania Aeronautical Construction (below)

Full-scale model of Coanda jet located at the Military Museum, Bucharest, Romania. Above right: Coanda two-man 'jet-ski' using airplane motor innovation.