Santos-Dumont Demoiselle (replica)
After producing several lighter-than-air machines from 1897, Brazilian-born millionaire Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932) produced his first successful biplane, the '14 bis' in 1906. This made the first official manned flight by a powered aeroplane in
One airworthy Demoiselle was built in
This bamboo-based Demoiselle was built by Julian Aubert over three years after a decade of researching the subject. In early 1999, he achieved his ambition "to build an authentic taxiable replica using original plans, materials and construction methods, with the exception of the engine". The project was helped by many people, especially John Penney who donated the propeller and a modified car engine, Gerry and Caroline Winter, and Mike Beach.
DATA: One air-cooled 40 hp DAF engine; wing span 18ft (5.5m); length 20ft (6.1m); height 5ft (1.5m) ; weight 242lbs (110kg).