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Brunet 1909 biplane
Juan Olivert, in company with his friend and engineer Gaspar Brunet, undertook the building a biplane inspired by that of the Wrights, but also influenced by the French Farman and Voisin. Built in Barcelona in the workshops of Rosell y Vilalta, with dried ash and beech wood, Brunet's airplane had a double helm front and a rear stabilizer tail, on which a double rudder was supported, since the plane lacked ailerons. The flight controls consisted of a lever topped by a bicycle handlebar for attitude control and pedals for steering. The throttle control was operated by cables attached to a lever. The engine that propelled it had to be a 25 HP Anzani.
On Sunday September 5, 1909 and with the assistance of the Mayor of Valencia, Mr. Maestre, as well as the designer of the plane, Mr. Brunet, Juan Olivert climbed onto the wicker chair, then started and proceeded to an engine test, which was followed by a check of the suitability on the ground. Then, the makeshift pilot put on power and the plane flew, rising tens of centimeters off the ground, according to the press the next day, and traveling between 30 and 50 meters, until when Olivert tried to modify the course of his flight to avoid carob trees, the plane suggested a loss of speed, immediately returning to earth, where an existing trench in the ground damaged one of the wheels, later spreading to various parts of the plane. This being the first flight made in Spain. As for the plane, there are indications that it was repaired and even went on to do some other flight.
There's at least one replica of the machine, at the Madrid "Museo del Aire".


Engine: Anzani 25 HP
Wingspan: 10.50 m
Length: 7.50 m
Weight: 350 Kg
Total weight: 430 Kg
First flight: September 5, 1909

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