The Diamond airplane built by a couple of shipyard buddies in 1910 may not have been forever if it weren’t for the foresight to dig its pieces out of musty crates and build it again.
The Hiller Aviation Museum’s replica aircraft was built by museum volunteers over a four year period between 2016-2020 in celebration of the 100+ anniversary of the aircraft. The aircraft is designed so visitors can sit in the open-air cockpit.
The Aerocycloid was a concept aircraft, exploring VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) ideas which were truly “out-of-the-box” before the age of flight really even started.
Built in 1905, this John Montgomery glider had tandem wings. It was flown from Aptos California in rather an unorthodox manner suspended from a hot air balloon which rose to 4,000 ft. altitude.
In 1884 John Montgomery flew the first heavier then air glider from Otay Mesa near San Diego. It flew several hundred feet on this first attempt.