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Grade Triplane


Hans Grade built this machine during his military service with the Magdeburg pioneers. At the end of September 1908, the first roll tests began on the Cracauer Anger outside Magdeburg. About a month later, on 2 November 1908, he made the first German powered flight. He reached by the end of the year flights at 1.5 meters altitude over 100 to 400 meters in 30 to 40 seconds, essentially straight ahead. In 1909, he decided to finish the experiments and build a new aircraft, based on the experience gained. This new monoplane won him the Lanz Prize on October 30, 1909. A replica of the machine can be found at the Technikmuseum Magdeburg.





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