Heinkel 1911 Biplane
Ernst Heinkel flying his homemade biplane near Stuttgart in July 1911.
In 1909, after attended an international airshow in Frankfurt am Main, he determined flight was the future of transportation, and the following year, he built his first aircraft. Working from a set of plans by Henri Farman, Heinkel’s aircraft was originally powered by a modified marine engine, but first flew his biplane near Stuttgart in July, 1911, with a 50 hp engine on loan from DMG (Daimler). Heinkel crashed the plane and suffered severe injuries.