Mozhaisky’s flying machine

The project of his flying machine was presented by the scientist in 1876. Mozhaisky encountered misunderstanding of the officials of the Ministry of War, as a result he was not allocated funds to continue his research.

Despite this, the scientist continued to develop, investing his own money in, due to which the construction of the prototype of Mozhaiskiy’s aircraft was delayed for many years.

Mozhaisky airplane was built in 1882. The first tests of the flying machine ended in disaster, but witnesses claim that the aircraft still flew some distance from the ground before crashing.

Since there is no documentary evidence of the flight, Mozhaisky cannot be considered the first man to have flown an airplane. However, the scientist’s developments served as the basis for the development of aviation.