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Fate's biplane

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:25 am
by ric
As noted in the IMDB "goofs" section: ... =gf1648638
When Professor Fate is lifted by an airplane flown by Max, the plane resembles a Curtiss Headless Pusher. This plane was not designed and built until 1912, four years after the year in which this movie was set. In July of 1908 Glenn Curtiss flew his June Bug design, which was the first public exhibition of flight in the US (the Wright Brothers had not yet flown publicly). The 1908 June Bug and the 1912 Headless Pusher bear little resemblance to each other. In reality, the June Bug was not as nimble and stable as the Pusher, so it is understandable why the 1912 design was used in the movie.

Note, the "June Bug" won a $2,500 prize for being the first aircraft to fly over 1km, on 4-July-1908

The "Curtiss Headless Pusher" (also known as the "Curtiss Model D"), initially had flaps in front of the pilot, which were later found to be unnecessary.

There's some video of a replica (with the "head") being flown here:
and another, from 2010 i Australia, made with a bamboo frame!:

Re: Fate's biplane

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:26 am
by ric
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Re: Fate's biplane

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:38 am
by ric
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Re: Fate's biplane

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:54 pm
by Aubers
rice wrote:Just putting the most similar to each other...

Those pictures are fantastic!

Re: Fate's biplane

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:56 pm
by ric
Welcome. :)
The Wikipedia page for the June Bug states that there was a movie crew there filming, but I don't know if the movie survived, I can't find it.
Here's a 1/4 scale model of it being flown in 2008.

Movie info here:

Re: Fate's biplane

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:29 pm
by ric
Just putting the most similar pics next to each other...


Funny how the movie plane has what looks like a timber picture frame where the radiator is on the real plane.