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Update on the Pearse Plane

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Last year we reported that Ivan Mudlovcich of Kelston and his faithful “wingman” Glendene’s Wayne Johnson, had built what they believe is a close copy if not an exact replica of the monoplane designed and allegedly flown by Richard Pearse in 1903. It is a decade long project for Ivan who built both the plane and the Pearse designed engine.

Sadly the engine didn’t develop enough reliable power and the West Auckland attempt to prove that the Southland farmer was the first to fly a powered and controlled aeroplane, will have to remain in the hangar for now.

The two men will work on rectifying engine power over the coming winter.