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Aurel Vlaicu was born on 19 November 1882, in Hunedoara county, in Bintinti, which today bears his name. The future inventor and Romanian and global aviation pioneer went at primary school in his hometown, continued secondary school at Orastie, at the Reformed College of Calvin High School (which in 1919 was named "Aurel Vlaicu High School"), to complete his undergraduate studies at the German High School in Sibiu, where he took the Romanian Baccalaureate exam in 1902.

His professional training began then, when Aurel Vlaicu chose to study engineering at the University of Budapest and then at the prestigious Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitet in Munich, Germany, where he obtained his engineering diploma few years later, in 1907.

The year 1908 found him working as an engineer at the Opel car factory in Rüsselsheim, but his curious, enterprising nature, didn't allow him to accept the destiny of a simple worker. Thus, in the autumn, Aurel Vlaicu returned home and began to implement the plans for a flying machine, which became reality in 1909. On 17 June 1910, on the Cotroceni field, the engineer Aurel Vlaicu took off onboard of the first airplane designed, built and piloted in Romania: "Vlaicu 1", built with the support of the Romanian Royal House and the Army at the Army Arsenal’s workshops. Our first "national plane," which raised to a height of only 3-4 meters over a distance of 50 meters, placed Romania immediately after the United States and France in the limited category of states on whose territory an original device, built and piloted by a citizen of that country flew. More details about this historic event are available here.

The patent was registered under the name "Arrow-shaped body flew device", and a year later he built a second plane, the famous "Vlaicu II", which bought him international confirmation in 1912, when he won no less than five prizes (1 first prize and 4 second prizes) at the air rally in Aspern, Austria.

In 1913, Aurel Vlaicu was already working on the prototype of "Vlaicu III", which was supposed to be the first metallic fuselage airplane ever. The construction unit was completed later, but by two of his collaborators - Silişteanu C. and G. Magnani - as on 13 September 1913 the young engineer collapsed near Campina onboard of Vlaicu II, for reasons still unclear.

Even though his life ended so soon, Vlaicu left behind undeniable contributions to the aviation field, being remembered today as a pioneer, but also an excellent engineer and inventor. Among his inventions are the wing with variable profile during flight, depending on the angle of flight and device speed, the high stability of the plane and the plane tilt without ailerons, among the first landing system in the world with independent wheels and the almost fully aerodynamic shape and aluminum construction of the A. Vlaicu III fuselage, accomplishments which brought him posthumously on 28 Octomber 1948 the title of honorary member of the Romanian Academy.