John Domenjoz, former Bleriot test pilot, instructor and world-wide barnstormer, arrived at Old Orchard Beach, Maine in 1929, to test the possibility of sail power for aircraft.

Although the glider was towed to an altitude of 200’-300’ by an automobile, the sails gave no propulsive power. Tests and analysis have proven that sail power is an aerodynamic impossibility. We probably will never know if Domenjoz’s intent was pure carnival or serious. Domenjoz abandoned the glider in 1930; in 1974, it was rescued and donated to OHTM, and has been fully restored.

Specifications: Span 41 ft., length 29 ft., weight 500-600 lbs.

Donated by Evelyn Lake and Donald Lake.

Accession no. 1984G04

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