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
Magazine "KRILA" (Wings)
Aircraft designers/builders whose aeroplanes
performed fully controllable flights:
2. Santos Dumont
3. Voisin brothers
4. Louis Bl+AOk-riot
6. Glenn Curtiss
7. A. Levavasseur
8. Ferdinant Ferber
9. A.V. Roe
10. H. Farman
11. F. Cody
12. Eduardo Rusjan
14. Louis Breguet
15. Aristide Faccioli
16. Igo Etrich
20. Sir Geoffrey de Havilland
21. Antony Fokker
24. F. D'Arbesio
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
Santos Dumont "14 bis"
Ferber no. 9 Biplane
Faccioli no. 3 Biplane
D.H. Biplane no. 2
"Torpille" Pusher Monoplane
Asteria no. 2
Henriot Trainer Monoplane
Chiribiri no. 5 Monoplane
Sopwith "Tabloid" fighter/bomber
P./G. "IDRO" Torpedo plane
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.