North Carolina Centennial of Flight

David Palmgren

At the same May 1912 exhibition where William Christmas unveiled his Red Bird III, Wilmington native David Palmgren put his monoplane , the American, on display. Its thin metal frame rose high above the other planes not only was the American a most unusual plane in appearance; it was also the tallest aircraft at the exhibition. Because of this, many of the spectators laughed at the plane, much to the disappointment of Palmgren.

monoplane

An airplane with only one pair of wings.