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130 Years from the Birth of Aurel Vlaicu (1882 – 2012)

To the Google Staff: 

“Aurel Vlaicu in his aircraft” (image 3)

This year, on 19 November 2012, the world will celebrate 130 years from the birth of Aurel Vlaicu, Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot, creator of three unique-shaped aerodynamic planes known as “Vlaicu I”, “Vlaicu II” and “Vlaicu III”.

Aurel Vlaicu was born in the Kingdom of Romania, but made his studies at Budapest (Hungary) and München (Germany). Even if he found the funds necessary to build his plane in Germany, he didn’t accept the offer received and put his invention in the service of Romania (Image 1)

The first model (‘Vlaicu nr. I’) first flew on 17 June 1910, on Cotroceni Field, in the Kingdom of Romania. The second model (‘Vlaicu nr.II’), designed in 1911, flew in 1912 at the Aspern Air Show in Vienna, Austro-Hungary, winning the second place, after French aviator Roland Gaross. The third model (‘Vlaicu nr.III’), ordered by the Marconi Company and designed in 1912-1913, the first all-metal aeroplane in the world, was completed after his death, by his friends (in 1914).

“Above view of the aircraft” (Image 4)

“Front view of the aicraft” (Image 5)

Vlaicu, also a military pilot: he transported the first official message delivered by air in the Kingdom of Romania (27 September 1910, the route Slatina – Piatra Olt), thus making his country the second in history to use airplanes for military purposed, after France.

He died while attempting to create an “aerian bridge” between the Romanian population of the two sides of the Carpathian Mountains. Because for this purpose he didn’t wait the finalization of his third airplane and used the old and thorned ‘Vlaicu nr.II’, he fell from the sky and crashed, on 13 September 1913, near Câmpina, in Wallachia but close to Transylvania.

 

“Aurel Vlaicu as an aviator. He fought during the Second Balcanic War.” (image 2)

So, 19 November is a special occasion, and a great opportunity for Google to commemorate this great personality.

 

“Aurel Vlaicu on the 50 Lei banknote” (Image 6)

“Drawing: Aurel Vlaicu (left), aircraft (center), eagle head (right)” (image 7)

I will not pe able to provide Google any form of doodle (as in the previous case of Traian Vuia), but I shall send attached to this e-mail photographies of Aurel Vlaicu (image 1 as an ingineer, image 2 as a pilot) and his aircraft (image 3 is of Vlaicu in his aicraft while attempting to fly, image 4 is an above view and image 5 is a front view), an image of him on the 50 Lei Romanian banknotes (image 6) and a drawing of mine representing Aurel Vlaicu (left), his aircraft (center) and an eagle (right) (image 7), which I put at the company’s dispossal.

 

The Romanian nation would be honoured if Google celebreted this great personality which Aurel Vlaicu was in the field of aviation. 

Signed,

A Romanian”

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