Bossi-Bonomi Pedaliante

Autre nom (ou nom en langue originelle) : Bossi Aero-Cycle
Année du premier vol
(ou de design, si seul projet)
Pays Italie
Designer(s) BOSSI, Enea & BONOMI, Vittorio
Premier constructeur BOSSI, Enea & BONOMI, Vittorio
Type d'appareil Propulsion musculaire
Fonction Expérimental

Envergure 17.7 m
Surface alaire23.4 m2
Profil aileNACA 0012-F1
Masse à vide97 kg
Masse maxi--
Charge alaire--
Vitesse mini--
Vitesse maxi--
Finesse maxi
Taux de chute mini--
Nb sièges1
StructureBois et toile.

[Coll. Manfred Krieg via Thomas Ferchland]
Origine inconnue [via Michel Blanchard]


BOSSI, Enea & BONOMI, Vittorio1
Nombre total de constructions1
Infos techniquesHPA à deux hélices de 2 mètres de diamètre. Entraînement par chaîne.
Histoire résuméeBest flight over 1000m from catapult launch to 9m.
Enea Bossi, an Italian aircraft designer, started his research into HPF in the 1930s by fitting a propeller onto a tricycle. This proved to be an unstable vehicle and he erroneously believed that an HPF with only one propeller would also be unstable, hence his choice of wing-mounted contra-rotating propellers with the accompanying complicated drive. The Pedaliante was of conventional glider configuration and construction, and with a span of 58 ft (17.7 m), area of 250 square feet (23.2 m2) and weight of 220 lbs (100 Kg). It is generally agreed that this aircraft made many dozen flights after towed launches. There has been much dispute as to whether it ever took off under the pedal-power of the pilot alone. There is no record of official observation of it having done so. If it did, it would of course have been a world-first, preceding SUMPAC by thirty-five years. Some of the arguments for and against the validity of Bossi's claim to have done so are presented by Sherwin (1976). In the period from 1958 to November 1961, one knew that the Pedaliante "might have done", and this mirrored most people's expectations about whether their own projects would ever work, or indeed whether HPF would ever be possible. Yes it's true, we really did say "Yes, but will it fly ? ". Neither of these pre-war aircraft had ailerons, yet all the early British HPA used such devices to attempt to get lateral control.
Liens personnalitésBONOMI, Vittorio (Italie)
BOSSI, Enea (Italie)
Compléments docs


Liens WEBSite : Human Powered Flying . Note + 1 photo. (2010-01-03 CL)
Site : Wikipedia : Bossi Bonomi Pedaliante . Histoire + 1 photo. (2010-01-03 CL)
Site : Aviastar . Une photo. (2010-01-03 CL)
Site : Forum Jar . . Accès nécessitant une inscription. (2010-01-03 CL)
LivresAlianti italiani
par PAJNO, Vittorio (2000) [p. 14, 53. Dessin fuselage].
Gossamer Odyssey
par GROSSER, Morton (2004) [p. 15-17, 74 ter. Texte + une photo].
Autres sourcesThe Bossi Aero-Cycle, Soaring Magazine, mars 1933, pages 4-5, texte + 4 photos + plan 3 vues.


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