The Aeronautic Society of New York  
  making the enterprise appear in the newspapers as a mere order just obtained by a concern
just then formed, which concern, however, in truth, was not even thought of until weeks
after the contract with Curtiss was made, and which itself was, indeed, an outcome of that
contract. The commission to Mr. Curtiss had results for America and for the art, which
were momentous, and which it will always be a pleasure for the Society to recall; but it did
not profe altogether a fortunate circumstance for the Society, as will be seen when this
narration reaches the sequel or two later.
  The months of January, February, and march were marked by activity in the build-
ing of the Kimball aeroplane. This was the first aeroplane that was entirely
constructed and finished in the workshops of the Society, and that circumstance
lent it added interest. Like all Mr. Kimball's machines, his biplane was conspicuous for
its striking originality, the great amount of thought it displayed, its simplicity in its
theory, and its complexity in application. The main surfaces were 37 ft. by 6 ft. 6 in.,
and the front horizontal rudder was 12 ft. by 2 ft. 6 in. and placed 9 ft. 9 in. ahead of the
main planes. But its principal features were that it had no rear rudder; no projections back
of the main body; was to depend for turning on lateral slats on the rear outside edges
  Photo Edwin Levick, N. Y.  
Morris Bokor's Triplane. Winner of First Money Prize in America for design and Workmanship Independent of Performance

working something like the laths of a Venetian blind, and on side planes forming normally
the extreme panels of the main surfaces, hinged on the front edges; and was to be driven
by eight propellers, which were 3 ft. 10 in. in diameter and 4 ft. pitch, and placed in a row
in between the main surfaces and well advanced inside of the rear or feathering edges of
the surfaces.
     It took some months to work out the transmission problem of the eight propellers.
As in the helicopter, they were driven by a small wire cable. Most of the experts declared
that the difficulty of such a complex transmission never could be solved. Mr. Kimball


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