Demoiselle Ultra-Lite by Santos Dumont
The worlds first light plane was Alberto Santos Dumonts final contribution to the history of aviation. A small tractor monoplane the Demoiselle and despite its limitations became famous. The No 20 first flew at Issy in March 1909 with improvements over the No 19 of a 35 hp. Dutheil-Chalmers 2 cylinder water cooled engine and which drove a mahogany prop. The triangular fuselage was built from bamboo and steel tube.
The wing area was enlarged although the control was still wing warp from a belt around the pilots waist which made control very delicate. The aircraft was displayed at the Grand Palace in Paris and by 1910 about a dozen planes had been ordered. A replica featured in the film "The Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.
Shown above is the exploded view of the Demoiselle
This Model is included on the
"Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"
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