brothers Eduardo and Giuseppe Rusjan from Gorizia the Beginning of Slovenian
The book talks about Eduardo and Giuseppe Rusjan, two brothers of the barrel maker Franc Rusjan family from Gorizia.They successfully performed first attempts of the motor flying in this part of Europe in the first years of the 20th century.
Gorizia as well as also all the the Gorisko-Gradis+AQ0-anska region together with the rest of the Slovenian regions belonged then into the frame of the Middle-European state known as multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire. Slovenian inhabitants were in majority, and in the town of Gorizia their number was approximately the same as the Italians. Fast tempo of economic and social development was enabled by tolerant international circumstances which formed also good conditions for existence of Slovenian economic and cultural organisations which were a necessary factor for ensuring material and logistic support to the developing projects of their members including Eduardo and Giuseppe Rusjan at that point of social progress.
Armed with stubbornness,
professional knowledge from the domestic workshop and fast developing surroundings
they started to applicative research at time relatively little known area
of aircraft construction and practical motor flying hoping to grow into
the Airplane factory of the Rusjan brothers. Eduardo was more capable in
designing the aircraft machines, Giuseppe was handier in manufacturing
them. Eduardo in contrast to his brother also tested and piloted them.
Some knowledge was passed to Eduardo by scarce literature available at
that time, more by his acquaintance engineer Franc Miller from Torino,
and even more he learned when visiting the best world airmen meeting in
Brescia in 1909.
In the second
half of the year 1910 the conditions for the two brothers in Gorizia deteriorated.
The surroundings did not help any more and the work conditions were no
more favourable. But the ambition remained.