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No. 9722. Paulhan Biplane
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Paulhan Biplane

02/28/2010. The Frenchman Louis Paulhan used in this aircraft construction techniques developed by another Frenchman, Henri Fabre. Of wooden construction, covered with fabric, and fitted with a Gnome engine, the aircraft was first flown by Albert Caillé at Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole, near Paris, on November 5, 1910 and showed very satisfying flight behavior.

The British Army ordered an example and early January 1911 Caillé successfully put it through a series of tests at Buc, also near Paris. The conditions imposed were that the aircraft should fly for two hours with a passenger as well as 441 lb (200 kg) of ballast, in a 25 mph (40 kmh) wind, and make a gliding flight, with the engine stopped, from a height of 626 m (200 m). British Army Captain Fulton witnessed the tests and accepted the aircraft on January 11, 1911.

Flight described the aircraft in late 1910, view the pages 858, 859 and 998.

Created February 28, 2010