Sadly, I have been able to find very little information about the beginnings of Hanriot's aviation career.  He experienced a good measure of success in designing and manufacturing well beyond WWI.  This  is a replica of his earliest successful design.  During the, "Birth of Aviation" show at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, this plane is flown to demonstrate the characteristics of, "Wing warping."  The majority of aircraft in 1910 utilized this method to bank the plane during a turn.  Most likely, Hanriot was present in Paris when the Wright Brothers flew their, "Flyer," demonstrating their development of the warping controls.

The engine here is a 50 hp. Franklin air-cooled from 1939.  The wooden skids in front of the wheels prevented the pilot from nosing over during bad landings due to pilot error or poor runways, or both.  In the bottom center of the landing gear is the pivot point of the wing warping controls.  As was the case in all early aircraft, there is a lot of guy wires to support the wings and stiffen the air frame.

Although this plane's controls were difficult to learn, it was a better flier than the Blériot.  At the age of fourteen, Hanriot's son learned to fly this model becoming the youngest pilot in Europe.

The wooden fuselage was designed after the popular racing skiffs commonly seen on the rivers.



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