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    That's what I'm talking about. Built in 1907, Demoiselle was Santos Dumont's best airplane. It's considered the first ultralight airplane (it weights just 56 kg!). By creating Demoiselle, Santos Dumont planned to make aviation popular by that time. Around 40 units of it were built in different places. This replica was built in Brazil and has a 2 oposite cillinder, 30HP, Volkswagen engine. Beautiful model.

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    Very Nice!





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    Some great pics Aramis. Some of the restored aircraft are a little shiny to be truly authentic, but beautiful none the less - and what a clean and spotless museum! I remember seeing a replica of the Demoisselle in the movie 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines' many years ago - very small indeed!





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    Great pictures!

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    That's right, Terry... Demoiselle is so much small and compact that a fat guy sure wouldn't be able to fly it. What's interesting about Santos Dumont is the fact that he --- like the Wrights -- was not an academic pioneer but a practical researcher.

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    Now, another very rare aircraft displayed at TAM Museum: the Fairchild PT-19. This particular airplane came to Brazil in late 90s in a very deteriorated state. By then, it was a little more than a piece of junk. It took 4 years for the guys from the museum to restore and rebuild it. PT-19s were built in Rio de Janeiro under licence from Fairchild Aircraft until 1944. PT-19 was one of the most famous trainer aircraft before WWII. Almost half a million pilots were trained in this kind of airplane.
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    Nice shots there Aramis.

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    Aramis, those are fantastic!! Thank you for sharing. There is a gentleman in the eastern part of Virginia that flies a PT-19. He gives rides for a fee. I got some shots of the craft at Lonesome Pine Airport back in October. Some where in the air also.

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    Now that Demoiselle took a brave man to get into and fly. Seems like there isn't anything to hold you in the silly thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airframes View Post
    Some great pics Aramis. Some of the restored aircraft are a little shiny to be truly authentic, but beautiful none the less - and what a clean and spotless museum! I remember seeing a replica of the Demoisselle in the movie 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines' many years ago - very small indeed!
    That was a great movie - wish it would come around again.

    Great Pics Aramis.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorlifter View Post
    Now that Demoiselle took a brave man to get into and fly. Seems like there isn't anything to hold you in the silly thing.
    That's right, bro. Just a very tiny bamboo structure. Santos Dumont was a very slim guy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Brooks Wolters View Post
    Aramis, those are fantastic!! Thank you for sharing. There is a gentleman in the eastern part of Virginia that flies a PT-19. He gives rides for a fee. I got some shots of the craft at Lonesome Pine Airport back in October. Some where in the air also.
    Nice to know that, bro. Those PT-19 built in Brazil were called "Pintassilgo" (meaning a typical Brazilian bird). They were built at Galeão AFB in Rio.

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    Now, friends, take a look at this funny little triplane. It's called American Flea Ship. It's considered to be the first airplane projected and completely built by a woman (would you guys fly it???)!!! That's a pioneer aircraft. It was based in the build-yourself concept. This interesting airplane was build in 1939 and sold to a Brazilian pilot. It flew just few hours and then the owner decided to dismantle and hide it fearing that the government would request this airplane for the coming war! And so this little machine remained dismantled for over 40 years. It was then bought and assembled by a collector in Rio Grande do Sul. This Flea Ship is the only sample in Latin American and probably the only airworthy in the world.
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    Amazing! I have never heard of a Flea Ship before. Thanks for posting....

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    How about this wonderfully restored Chance-Vough F4-U-1 Corsair? This one was made in 1943. After the war it was preserved by Pratt & Witney. This motor company sent it to Brazil in 1999. This is considered to be the oldest airworthy Corsair in the world today. It's one of the first F4U-1 to come off the production line! Is it wonderful?
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