TRAIAN VUIA – FIRST POWERED FLIGHT with LANDING GEAR – August 1906
As an aviation pioneer, Traian Vuia (1872-1950) was the first to conceive and fly a machine heavier that air using for take off and landing its own on board devices: engine and landing gear with wheels. In August 1906, he built the airplane “Vuia 1 bis” for experimental purposes. He also applied for the first time a wing with in-flight variable incidence as well as the principle of a single tractive propeller and folding wings.
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Top: Vuia 2 With Folded Wings, May, 1907
Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Lauwers
Middle Left: Vuia I – “Liliacul”, March 18, 1906, Paris
Rt: Scale model created by the Fundatia Culturala Bartoc (on loan to Romanian Embassy, Wash., DC)
Bttm: D. Dimancescu and Ovidiu-Adrian Tudorache, 2nd Sctry, inspecting model at the Embassy (apr 16, 2010)