Avioplanul Goliescu 2: Convoluted, maybe wicked.

This funny-looking monoplane was the brainchild of the genial, but also questionable character, Rodrig Goliescu. This Rumanian artillery officer and engineer conceived in France his Avioplanul Goliescu 2 after previous experiments in his home country. Built in 1909 by a local company, this tubular fuselage monoplane equipped with a 25 hp Buchet engine had its propeller placed in a short of “tube fan” configuration. Both features pioneered by Goliescu. The aircraft seems to have flown fairly satisfactorily in late 1909. After that the life of its inventor went downright with game addiction, dubious business enterprises and even jail accused of spy.

As this neat drawing shows, his contraction displayed some grace among all its complication.

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