Almost Forgotten: 'Mad' Richard Pearse | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 08.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.27.14 **
** Airborne 08.25.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.25.14 **
** Airborne 08.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.22.14 **

Mon, Mar 31, 2003

Almost Forgotten: 'Mad' Richard Pearse

Should Centennial of Flight Celebration be Held in New Zealand, Today?

On the South Island of New Zealand, on March 31, 1903, Richard Pearse, they say, made a powered flight of some 110 yards. There has been periodic discussion of this flight, especially as the celebration of the Wrights' well-documented achievement gains momentum, toward December 17.

The Wrights, of course, are just-about-universally credited with making the "first controlled powered flight of a heavier-than-air vehicle," one hundred years ago, this December. Pearse's claim to fame has not, by most accounts, included the word, "controlled." Although he landed unhurt, he was covered in thorns, having snarled himself in a hedge on his property near Waitohi.

[We shouldn't neglect mention of Romanian engineer Traian Vuia, who is generally credited with having made the first self-launched, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight on March 18, 1906, somewhere near Paris, France; but this story is about Pearse, not the history of flight! --ed.]

The airplane Pearse made almost-famous has been replicated by a number of enthusiasts in NZ, and they're planning to fly more than one, powered by modern engines -- a huge hp/weight advantage over Pearse's day, and an inestimable reliability edge. Judging from rumors of the machine's handling, any edge they can get, will be made good use of.

It's only semi-historical; it's certainly enlightening; and it's a whole lot of fun.

FMI: www.nzhistory.net.nz/Gallery/Pearse/Pearse.html

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 08.25.14: SpaceX Setback, AMA Fights FAA, Redbird Migration 2014

Also: Copperstate Fly-In, No-Fly List Changes, Volcano Alert, Inhofe Campaigns In RV-8 In an initial report, ANN space correspondent, Wes Oleszewski, said that on the evening of Au>[...]

Aero-TV: In The Nick Of Time? - A NextGen GA Fund Update

The GA World Needs All The Help It Can Get... IF It Can Get It A hot topic at EAA AirVenture 2014 was the subject of the FAA requirement to be ADS-B equipped by January 1, 2020. In>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.14)

International Republic Seabee Owner's Club (IRSOC) A website dedicated to the Seabee seaplane. You can find information about the airplanes and events, and talk to other Seabee ent>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.27.14): GPS Approach Overlay Program

An authorization for pilots to use GPS avionics under IFR for flying designated existing nonprecision instrument approach procedures, with the exception of LOC, LDA, and SDF proced>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.27.14)

“We are grateful to Bruce for his years of unparalleled dedication to general aviation, and are delighted that he has agreed to continue on as our senior safety advisor.&rdqu>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC