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First aircraft engine to be made in CanadaWilliam Wallace Gibson handcrafted his, "Multiplane," so named due to the multiple narrow wings that were attached parallel to each other. He also made his own successful engine from scratch.

The aircraft made a series of successful test flights. The longest flight, piloted by Alex Jaap on 11 August 1911, lasted about one and one-half kilometres. The tall array of wings collapsed when the aircraft landed suddenly in a muddy slough.

Although Gibson remained enthusiastic about his "Multiplane," he could not find the funds he needed to rebuild it and continue flying.


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