BERNHARD C.F. KLEIN COLLECTION
No. 12562. Astra 1912 Triplane
09/30/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk
: "Sponsored by Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe, Voisin was called to help the Astra firm design and build a huge armor-plated triplane made of steel tubing; even the wing bracing was steel tubing and not wire. Four huge main wheels were centered on the lower wing leading edge, two on each side; two small wheels, one on each side, held up the rear end of the fuselage. A single 75 hp Renault V8 engine was considered powerful enough to fly the huge machine; it did in fact fly, carrying its crew of two. Big hanging ailerons were fitted to the two top wings; the long covered fuselage and neat single tail unit were remarkably modern-looking for 1911."