Coandă Monoplane 1911: “Freedom lies in being bold.”

This monoplane of 1911 ( in his earlier form here) was Coandă’s second French aircraft, built after its astonishing 1910 “jet-powered” marvel. In fact, this huge monoplane utilized some parts taken from that previous aircraft. Always audacious, Coandă continued to be radical with his engine choices: this monoplane employed a pair 70hp Gnome Gamma rotaries, each one placed on both sides of the fore part of the fuselage. They drove the four-bladed propeller through some complex gearing.
The aircraft, in this configuration and later modified as a sesquiplane, took part unsuccessfully in the Reims Concours Militaire (Military Competition) of late 1911.


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