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Wiseman Biplane
Wiseman-Cooke biplane
The Wiseman Biplane, built by Frederick J. Wiseman and also known as the Wiseman-Cooke biplane, from 1910/1911, was a pusher that combined the designs of Wright, Farman and Curtiss. Claimed to be the first biplane to be flown in California, it was fitted with an overbored 4-cylinder engine from a “San Francisco engine company” by Frederick J. Wiseman, who increased the power output to 50 hp.
First flying on 23 April 1910, which makes puts this among the earliest California-built aircraft to fly, auto racer Wiseman and his mechanic, Peters, used their race winnings to construct this pusher (aka Wiseman-Peters)—admitted by Wiseman to have incorporated design features of Curtiss, Farman and Wright from notes, photos, and sketches of these planes seen at air meets, with innovations like laminated wing ribs, front and rear elevators, and trailing-edge ailerons on all wings.
First flown in Sonoma County, piloted by Wiseman, then, with a 60hp Hall-Scott A-2, at Petaluma on 24 July 1910 piloted by Peters.


Today it is displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. after being restored in 1983-1985 by NASM.
Engine: 50hp Wiseman-modified local-make auto engine
Wingspan: 24'0"
Length: 25'0"
Seats: 1

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