AEA Cygnet

AEA Cygnet

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<!-- This article is a part of WikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout. -->The Cygnet (or Aerodrome #5) was an extremely unorthodox early Canadian aircraft, with a wall-like "wing" made up of 3,393 tetrahedral cells. It was a powered version of the Cygnet tetrahedral kite designed by Dr Alexander Graham Bell in 1907 and built by the newly-founded Aerial Experiment Association.

On December 6, Thomas Selfridge piloted the aircraft as it was towed into the air behind a motorboat, eventually reaching a height of 168&nbsp;ft (51 m). While demonstrably able to fly as a person-carrying kite, it seemed unpromising as a direction for research into powered flight. It was difficult to control, and was in fact destroyed when it hit the water at the end of the flight.

The following year, a smaller copy of the design was built as the Cygnet II, now equipped with wheeled undercarriage and a Curtiss V-8 engine. Attempts to fly it at Baddeck, Nova Scotia between February 22 and 24 1909 met with failure.

Rebuilt again as the Cygnet III with a more powerful engine, it finally flew on March 1, 1912, at Bras d'Or Lake, Nova Scotia, piloted by John McCurdy.

Specifications (Cygnet II)

Specifications (Cygnet III)

See also


  • Enzo Angelucci, World Aircraft, Origins to World War 1, 1975


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