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Santos-Dumont 19 Demoiselle

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Built of bamboo and canvas in an attempt to produce a low-priced aeroplane that could be assembled and flown safely by anyone. Santos dumont’s Demoiselle was the first aeroplane to be sold in ‘kit’ form. The advertised price in England was £300.

 

In 1908 Hélène Dutrieu was asked by the Clément Bayard factory, in France, to be the first pilot of its new ultralight aeroplane, the Santos-Dumont-designed no.19 Demoiselle (Young Lady) monoplane. She crashed on take off during her first flight and the aeroplane was wrecked.

 

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Santos-Dumont no.19


Engine: Darracq, 25 hp
Weight: 242 lb
Span: 18 ft

 

 


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