According to the Museum’s website (which also provides technical specifications):

Gift of the United Technologies Corporation

The XI was the first extensively produced airplane and symbolizes the beginning of the aircraft manufacturing industry. After Louis Blériot’s 1909 flight across the English Channel, this model, produced in several countries, was the most popular of the pioneer aircraft.

This example, built by Ernest Hall, a Cleveland aviation figure, flew until 1917 when it was damaged. It had several owners and was restored to flight status by Shirley Wardle in 1966. He flew it until 1975. Wardle installed a 65 hp Continental engine but saved all the original parts. It was damaged again in the tornado which hit the museum and was restored using the original parts including the rare Detroit Aero engine.

Above and to the right a Ultralight Products Mosquito 166:

Gift of E. John Pettinato

Designed for the skilled and experienced hang glider pilot, the Mosquito series of high-performance hang gliders represented the state-of-the-art when introduced as they were a departure in concept from other contemporary designs. Pre-production prototypes entered in United States competition won a cross-country event, several speed tasks and set three world records.

This example logged 25 hours including challenging flights from Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.




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