A Kenyan backyard tinkerer could become his country's version of the Wright brothers next week.
Gabriel Nderitu, an I.T. worker with no background in aviation or engineering, put together a hand-built airplane and is planning a test run above the city of Kitengala.
An ultralight kit plane designed in the 1970s has become the first four-engined electric plane to take to the skies. Weighing in around 387 pounds -- including the pilot -- the all-electric Cri-Cri flew for seven minutes at Le Bourget airport near Paris last week.
Cory Bird, an engineer at Burt Rutan’s remarkable aviation design shop, builds a composite-fiber airplane of Swiss-watch precision.
By Stephan WilkinsonPosted 01.24.2004 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments
When a yellow two-seater called Symmetry flew for the first time in California last April, a machine that is very likely the most finely crafted handmade artifact of its type took to the air. Certainly I’d wager that Symmetry comes closer to perfection than any other homebuilt airplane in the world, and it deserves equal measures of admiration and incredulity. Admiration for the precision of the machine, incredulity for the obsession that produced it. This is technology as aviation art, from the hands of one man.