Whoever assembled a kit knows how many working hours are needed to finish a project. Even if one perfectly follows a detailed plan and doesn+IBk-t
invent a single thing, the work is very long.
The realisation of a project often takes years.  Sometimes one asks himself how crazy he was to begin such a long and complicated project.
When the plane+IBk-s construction is finished though, the long work is forgotten...and everybody+IBk-s happy to see it finished!
For this reason we are surprised while listening to the story of a young constructor and flight pioneer who constructed nine airplanes in 14 months.
Every single plane was totally projected by himself and the new one is more perfect than the one he constructed before...
Something like that never happened again in the whole flight history.(1909)
The same year, Wilbur Wright made a tour in different European countries. He made flying courses and introduced his model of +IBw-Flyer+IB0-. The first
Italian pilot was patented at the same time Wright did; in July, Louis Bl+AOk-riot crossed the English Channel.


Our very young heroes (22 years old) was born in Trieste. Eduardo Rusjan ( Edi was his nickname) projected 12 airplanes, all different from one
another. The last three were constructed after his death. He died in a flight accident in1911, on January 9th, at the age of 24.
It was autumn 1909. The construction of his first plane (inspired by American biplane +IBw-Golden Flyer+IB0- constructed by Curtiss) was at an end. But Eda 1
was a much more simple plane. It had a simpler aerodynamic structure. An Anzani motor with 3 cylinders of 25 HP and 1300 rounds by minute in
tractor position. It was smaller than Curtiss +IBw-Canard+IB0- plane (8 metres of wings opening) and lighter (180 kg instead of 249 kg).
At the beginning of November, plane+IBk-s construction was not completed. The first flight took place on 25th November 1909, with a +IBw-jump+IB0- of 60 metres.
Next day Eduardo flight for 600 metres at the height of 12 metres. On the 6th December he flight for a longer time. The aircraft+IBk-s wings had been
constructed with paper+IBk-s parchment!
On December, Eda 2 construction was completed. A tri-plane with Anzani motor and pusher propeller. The weight of the empty cell was only 90 kg!
Rusjan brothers (Giuseppe was a faithful collaborator), after flop of Eda 2, decided to construct Eda 3 and Eda 4. The first flights took place on
17th March 1910.
After damaging of both Eda 3 and Eda 4, probably during landing, the two brothers presented an elegant monoplane +IBw-Parasol+IB0-, similar to Santos
Dumont+IBk-s +IBw-Demoiselle+IB0-. This took place in Gorizia, on 17th March, at the first aerial meeting of the city.
The best plane constructed by the young pilot was Eda 6. a perfect copy, even better, of +IBw-Bl+AOk-riot 11+IB0- During the second aerial meeting the plane
has been flying at 40 metres height. That day, more than 10000 spectators were looking, astonished.
Unfortunately, on July 8th, the plane had an accident and couldn+IBk-t fly anymore.
On 31st December 1910, Eda 7 was flying. Of the seven planes, this one was the best. On January 1911 a monoplane with two seats an a rotative
motor  +IBw-Gnome+IB0- of 50 Hp and a maximum speed of 100 km/h..
Ater Eduardo+IBk-s death, an elegant plane with rotative motor and a speed of 120 km/h was constructed: +IBw-Sokol+IB0-.
At the end of 1911, Eduardo+IBk-s brother finished the construction of a commercial plane. It was to be used for propaganda flights and political
meetings in Serbia and Kossovo. Selling price was fixed at 6000 dinars because the cell was without motor the only flight done with this plane
was done by Stojadinovic, a neo-pilot, who immediately fell on the floor and seriously damaged the plane.
The 2 planes following were +IBw-1912+IB0-, a monoplane with 11 metres opening of medium wings, with a rotative motor +IBw-Gnome+IB0- of 50 Hp and an elegant+IB0-
Type 1914+IB0-, last Eduardo Rusjan+IBk-s plan.
Balkans were to start the war and Sarajevo+IBk-s drama was to begin. A year later Gorizia was ready to fight. The flying field was completely burned and
out of use.
Eduardo Rusjan disappeared 4 years before. Nobody would believe in everything he did if there were no photos to certify it.

Magazine "KRILA" (Wings)

Pioneer Aircraft designers/builders whose aeroplanes
performed fully controllable flights:

1.   Wright brothers
2.   Santos Dumont
3.   Voisin brothers
4.   Louis Bl+AOk-riot
5.   Ellehammer
6.   Glenn Curtiss
7.   A. Levavasseur
8.   Ferdinant Ferber
9.   A.V. Roe
10. H. Farman
11. F. Cody
12. Eduardo Rusjan
13. Goupy
14. Louis Breguet
15. Aristide Faccioli
16. Igo Etrich
17. Odier-Vendome
18. Zodiac
19. Delage-Newport
20. Sir Geoffrey de Havilland
21. Antony Fokker
22. Lior+AOk-
23. Tatin-Paulhan
24. F. D'Arbesio
25. Hanriot
26. A. Chiribiri
27. Louis B+AOk-chereau
28. L.&R. Morane/R.Saulnier
29. Louis Borel
30. T.O.M. Sopwith/F.Sigrist
31. Pateras / Guidoni
Great Britain
Great Britain
Great Britain
Dec. 1903
Nov. 1906
Oct. 1907
Nov. 1907
June 1908
July 1908
Oct. 1908
July 1909
Aug. 1909
Aug. 1909
Nov. 1909
Dec. 1909
Dec. 1910
May 1911
Oct. 1911
July 1912
Wright Flyer
Santos Dumont "14 bis"
Bl+AOk-riot VII
Ellehammer IV
"Golden Flyer"
Ferber no. 9 Biplane
Roe Triplane
Farman III
Cody Biplane
Goupy Biplane
Breguet I
Faccioli no. 3 Biplane
Etrich "Taube"
Odier-Vendome Biplane
Zodiac "Albatros
Niewport Monoplane
D.H. Biplane no. 2
Fokker "Spin"
Lior+AOk- Monoplane
"Torpille" Pusher Monoplane
Asteria no. 2
Henriot Trainer Monoplane
Chiribiri no. 5 Monoplane
Deperdussin "Course"
Morane-Saulnier "G"
Borel Monoplane
Sopwith "Tabloid" fighter/bomber
P./G. "IDRO" Torpedo plane

Pioneer aircraft which failed to make sustained controllable flights longer than 60 metres have been omitted from this list, such as the Faccioli biplane
no. 1 of December 1908 which crashed immediately after take-off or the Coanda compressed air "jet"-propelled biplane never took-off.