AKA Aleksandr Fyodorovich Mozhaiski or Alexandr Fyodorovich Mozhaisky
  Here is the appearance of the Polish/Russian inventor, Aleksander Możajski, a true pioneer of aviation, shown together with his aeroplane on 6-kopieyka stamp of the USSR post, dated 1963. Here is one more stamp issued by the USSR, which illustrates the appearance of the Polish/Russian inventor, Aleksander Możajski, the creator of the first aeroplane in the world. This stamp was issued in 1975. It was priced 6 kopieyka  
Images & text courtesy of Jan Pajak

via email from Jan Pajak, 9-23-04
The first person in the world to build a flying aeroplane was not the New Zealander, Richard Pearse, but a Polish/Russian inventor named Aleksander Mozajski. Mozajski flew his steam propelled aeroplane as much as 20 years before Richard Pearse, and 21 years before the Wright Brothers. You can find more details about this Polish/Russian technical genius on several of my web pages.
Jan Pajak

     If you search for "Aleksander Mozajski", using the Google search engine, (9-24-04), you will find about 44 links. Two of the most helpful are detailed below.

Polish/Russian inventor, Aleksander Mozajski
the true pioneer of aviation
     This website, which is available in both Polish and English versions, is the definitive source of information on this pioneer figure in early aviation. On it, the author, Dr. Jan Pajak offers " a brief history of the first manned aeroplane on Earth, build by a Polish/Russian inventor named Aleksander Mozajski (1825-1890):" In addition, he offers his explanations for the fact that this pioneer's contributions have been all but forgotten, His reasons are both thought-provoking and persuasive. You can access the article by clicking on the title above.

Celebrating the Bi-Centennial of Aviation: 1804-2004
     This page on the TIMELINE section of Dr. Russell Naughton's website offers a very helpful resumé of Mozajski's life and career. You can access the page by clicking on the title above. To find the article, scroll down the page to the entry for "1844." If time permits, you might want to sample some of the other entries which highlights some of the most notable events which occurred during the periods from "Early"-1782 up to 1904-1960.

Aleksander Możajski died in 1890
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