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Biplane


Biplane
Manufacturer:
Wrebbit
Number of pieces:
58
Difficulty Level:
Mini
Completed Puzzle:
Yes
Hours to complete:

.5

Released:

1999

Technical Diagram:


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A mere 12 years separated the first successful powered flight - achieved by aviation pioneers the Wright brothers on December 17, 1903 - and the development of the first fighter airplanes used in World War I. Engineers and pilots alike were quick to master the basic techniques and main obstacles associated with powered flight. Yet, the real boom for the aviation industry occurred during the war. When the hostilities began, biplanes were mostly used to observe and monitor enemy positions from the air. At the time, few airplanes were fit for bombing and combat, and their performance was even further compromised by the weight of heavy fighting equipment. All too aware of the risks involved, pilots took to carrying firearms on board in the event of attack. These exceptionally brave men flew highly dangerous missions on planes deprived of navigational instruments and parachutes. Thanks to their exploits, the army recognized the possibilities presented by the airplane. Months later, development of the military aircraft accelerated dramatically.

World War I spawned the production of 177,000 biplanes. No more than 70,000 had been in circulation worldwide prior to the war. These airplanes were specifically designed for warfare, and each side worked relentlessly to improve them. Fighter planes built in 1918 featured two machine guns with timing gears. Capable of flying three hours at a time, they could reach altitudes of 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) and speeds up to 125 mph (200 km/h). Fighters like the Fokker, Nieuport, Spad, Curtiss JN-3, Jenny and Albatros are among those collected by the most ardent of aviation enthusiasts, who have meticulously restored them to their original operating conditions - to the delight of biplane lovers everywhere!


 

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