The scope of the “AS IT WAS” program is to rebuild the first jet propelled aircraft in the world that was designed and built by Henri Coanda, between 1908-1910.
The plane was showcased at the Second Aeronautic Salon in Paris, in 1910 and was tested on the 16th of December 1910 at Issy les Moulineaux, south of Paris, when it was totally destroyed.
This program has a unique historical importance due to the fact that the original plane does not exist anymore and also because there are no functional replicas anywhere in the world. The plane will be rebuilt on a 1/1 scale using materials and technologies as close to those used by Henri Coanda in 1910 in his original design and to preserve, as much as possible, historical realism.
With this purpose in mind, the project will demonstrate that the reactive propulsion (Turbo Propulseur as Coanda called it in 1910) had indeed the capacity to bring the plane to take-off speed, thus hoping to clarify all the controversies that have arisen throughout the years past.
Once built and tested, the plane will be donated to the Coanda Memorial House, which is about to be formally established under the Ministry for Culture’s jurisdiction, to be presented to the public.