Traian Vuia or Trajan Vuia was a Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer who designed, built and tested the first tractor monoplane. He was the first to demonstrate that a flying machine could rise into the air by running on wheels on an ordinary road. He is credited with a powered hop of 11 m made on March 18, 1906, and he later claimed a powered hop of 24 m. Though unsuccessful in sustained flight, Vuia’s invention influenced Louis Blériot in designing monoplanes. Later, Vuia also designed helicopters. A French citizen from 1918, Vuia led the Romanians of France in the Resistance during World War II. He returned to Romania just before his death in 1950.
|Born:||August 17, 1872, Surducul-Mic, Austro-Hungarian Empire|
|Died:||September 03, 1950, Bucharest, Romania|
|Known for:||Early flying machine|
About Traian Vuia
Romanian inventor who became known for his early experiments with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
He went to Paris in search of a sponsor for his aeronautical experiments, but few believed that a machine heavier than the air could fly.
He never achieved the result he was hoping for–sustained flight–but his aircraft experiments did inspire other inventors and aviators to try out their own aircraft designs.
He grew up in a small Romanian village, which was later renamed in his honor.
His supporters claimed that he preceded Wilbur and Orville Wright in the successful flying of an airplane.
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