Karl Jatho
Karl Jatho was a German
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 pioneer and inventor, performer and public servant of the city of Hanover
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On August 18, 1903 he flew with his self-made motored gliding airplane 4 months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers
Wright brothers
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. He made his first attempts with a plane with three lifting surfaces, but soon switched to two surfaces. They were modelled after the Zanonia
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 seed, a seed known for its gliding capability. In contrast to the Wright Brother's planes
Fixed-wing aircraft
A fixed-wing aircraft is an aircraft capable of flight using wings that generate lift due to the vehicle's forward airspeed. Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from rotary-wing aircraft in which wings rotate about a fixed mast and ornithopters in which lift is generated by flapping wings.A powered...

, the wing
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s were flat in profile and not curved
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The plane was equipped with a single-cylinder 10 horsepower
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 (7.5 kW) Buchet engine driving a two-bladed pusher propeller
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 and made hops of up to 200 ft (60 m), flying up to 10 ft (3 m) high. In comparison Orville Wright's first controlled flight four months later was of 36 m (120 ft) in 12 seconds although Wilbur flew 59 seconds and 852 ft later that same day.

He founded a flying school and a plane factory, but did not have much success.

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