No. 9741. Aviatik Biplane
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Aviatik Biplane

02/28/2010. Remarks by Kees Kort: "A very popular machine in 1909 was the Farman pusher biplane. Characteristics were the elevator in front, the tail booms (tube construction) and the complete absence of a fuselage. The pilot sat precariously on the lower wing, with immediately behind him the radiator, petrol tank and the rotary engine.

Within a year a whole lot of machines were built based on the original Farman type. On first sight these machines look like the original Farman type, but closer scrutiny can reveal differences, and this machine differs significantly in two points. First by the longer upper wing compared to the lower wing (the original Farman had equal wings), hence extra struts are needed to strengthen the construction, secondly by the form of the ailerons, which taper at the tips (the original Farman had straight ailerons).

On the basis of this characteristics this machine can be identified as the Aviatik Biplane (Farman type) 1910. This was the very first type designed and produced by the German Aviatik firm in Mülhausen. A few examples were built, all differing in detail.

This machine was quite successful in a few German contests, winning first prize piloted by Emil Jeannin. The sixth German pilot to gain a pilot license, on April 27, 1910, Jeannin (flying an Aviatik Biplane) was the first pilot to make a cross country flight along a prescribed course, from Frankfurt via Mainz to Mannheim, a distance of ca. 55 mls (90 km), on August 18, 1910."

Created February 28, 2010