George Mestach Morane-Borel Bo.1 Monoplane
First Albuquerque Visit: 1913
The Morane-Borel Bo.1 monoplane was an early French single-engine, single-seat aircraft designed in 1911. It was flown in several European air races. The Bo.1 monoplane had a mid-wing tractor configuration powered by a 50 hp Gnome Omega seven-cylinder rotary engine driving a two-bladed Chauvière Intégrale propeller. The fuselage was a rectangular-section wire-braced box girder, with the forward part covered in plywood and the rear part fabric covered.
This French monoplane came to perform a flying exhibition on October 6, 1913 for the New Mexico State Fair held in Albuquerque. The fair grounds were in the southwest side of town at that time. The pilot, French aviator George Mestach, stalled and crashed his plane which was extensionally damaged. The pilot and his plane was the victim of the thin air of the 4,800 foot altitude and an underpowered engine.
Similar types of French Morane-Borel designed aircraft flown in the early 1910.
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