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George Hess, Corvallis
Circa 1911

The successful flights of the Wright Brothers and of Glenn Curtiss in his “June Bug” prompted others to build planes of their own. In a canvas hangar south of Corvallis, local resident George Hess built is own biplane which incorporated many features of the Curtiss plane such as two ailerons and a propeller mounted on the engine’s crankshaft. According to Jerry Davis (in his Balloons to Blue Angels), there is no record that the plane ever flew, which he attributes to use of a heavy, low horsepower engine and a short propeller.

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George Hess

 

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