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Whitehead / Weisskopf Number 21
 
Circa 1901, the Number 21 was a single place open cockpit mid-wing monoplane, reportedly had an acetylene gas-powered motor. Silk-covered, twin-tractor powered glider with a birdlike appearance (one of some two dozen Whitehead designs) was claimed by Whitehead, and his many supporters, to have attained powered flight two years before the Wright brothers, on 21 November 1901, but there apparently is no grounded substantiation.
 
A replica of this craft was built by Otto Timm, for the 1938 film, "Men With Wings," and another by Andy Kosch in 1986.
 
 
 
 


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