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William Wallace Gibson’s "Multiplane" was an experimental design that did not look like any other aircraft at the time. It was made of an array of long, narrow wings placed parallel to each other.

When Gibson was creating his aircraft in 1911, there were no appropriate engines available, so he used his skill to produce his own. He built a unique engine that had six cylinders and three carburetors that worked very well.

The experiments that followed demonstrated that the aircraft could fly.

Unfortunately, a rough landing on its last flight collapsed the array of narrow wings, and Gibson could not find the funds to rebuild it.

Gibson’s airplane engine is a lasting contribution to the industry, and is displayed in the National Aviation Museum of Canada as the first successful aviation engine built in Canada.

 

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