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Boel Blauwvoet I
 
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This machine, named after the Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii), was built in 1909/1910 in Ostend, Belgium, by Nicolas Boel, together with his brother Louis. It had a wingspan of 9.5 m and was 9 m long. With a turn of the steering wheel the pilot was able to operate the rear rudder, while the forward or backward movement of the steering column caused the elevator to raise and lower. Like on the Voisin, there was no lateral control. Some members of the Aero Club expressed their doubts as to whether that rickety thing could ever fly. Nicolas recognized the merits of their criticism, but instead of, as his brother quietly hoped, losing his heart, he immediately went back to work to improve his first creation, which became the Blauwvoet II.
 
 
 
 


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