Aurel Vlaicu was born in the village Binţinţi (today Aurel Vlaicu) on November 19, 1882. Since very young he showed great inclination towards technology and learned at different Polytechnic Schools in Budapest (1902) and Munich (1903-1908). He passionately dedicated himself to study the flight topics. His first success after an intense work was taking off the ground the glider designed and built to his own plans on hometown pasture, in 1909.
Convinced that in Bucharest he will find other possibilities for the realization of his projects, Aurel Vlaicu passed over the mountains and, supported by a number of personalities, he managed to build a flying machine, “Vlaicu I”, a remarkable achievement in its simplicity. Aurel Vlaicu managed with this plane to take off on June 17, 1910 from Cotroceni field on the first try. With the second unit built, “Vlaicu II” which reached a speed of 90 km/hour and rose up to 1,000 m high, Aurel Vlaicu flew to Blaj, Sibiu, Brasov, Iaşi and other cities of the country. Aurel Vlaicu's dream was to go to his brothers flying over the Carpathians in Transylvania. On September 13, 1913, he rose in the air to fly over the mountains but fell near Campina, the entire Romanian nation was mourning.
Him who walks over the threshold of this museum the exhibits, many original, will provide the opportunity for direct dialogue with Aurel Vlaicu. Here they are the bike and motorbike. With the latter, he crossed the road from Munich to home. Here are the aviator suit, schematics, drawings, gliders with their layouts. All remember “a man with deep routes” as the poet Octavian Goga saw him.
We enter with excitement in the house at the edge of the village, near the cemetery where Ion, his brother, Valeria, sister, together with his parents, Dumitru and Ana, rest their bodies in sleep without awakening. Every room, every corner of the house is inlaid with something reminiscent of Aurel.
Outside the premises of the Memorial House, in the back of the yard, are kept the shed and barn from the time of Vlaicu. They complete the atmosphere reminiscent of Transylvanian peasant, master at his home, skillful in the household, able to build all the tools necessary for fieldwork.
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