Aurel Vlaicu


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Aurel Vlaicu

November 19, 1882 – September 13, 1913
was a Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot.

Aurel Vlaicu was born in Binţinţi (now renamed Aurel Vlaicu), Geoagiu, Transylvania. He attended Calvinist High School in Orăştie (renamed "Liceul Aurel Vlaicu" in his honour in 1919) and took his Baccalaureate in Sibiu in 1902. He furthered his studies at Technical University of Budapest and Technische Hochschule München in Germany, earning his engineer's diploma in 1907.

After working at Opel car factory in Rüsselsheim, he returned to Binţinţi and built a glider he flew in the summer of 1909. Later that year, he moved to Bucharest, in the Kingdom of Romania, where he began the construction of Vlaicu Nr. I airplane; it flew for the first time on June 17, 1910.

With his Vlaicu Nr. II model, built in 1911, Aurel Vlaicu won several prizes summing 7,500 Austro-Hungarian krone (for precise landing, projectile throwing and tight flying around a pole) in 1912 at Aspern Air Show near Vienna, where he competed against 42 other aviators of the day, including Roland Garros.

Aurel Vlaicu died in 1913 near Câmpina while attempting to cross in flight the Carpathian Mountains in his aged Vlaicu II airplane.
He is buried at the Bellu cemetery, in Bucharest.

Vlaicu was posthumously elected to the Romanian Academy in 1948.
Bucharest City Airport in Băneasa was named after him.

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Aurel Vlaicu was a Romanian engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot.
He died on Semptember 13, 1913,
testing a airplane, crossing the Carphatian Mountains.

Aurel Vlaicu
crossing the Carpathians
viewing the abyss

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