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Paul Zens was a French airplane engineer, as was his brother Ernest Zens.[1]

In 1906 the brothers collaborated on a biplane design using V-shaped wings.[2]

The Zens brothers flew with Wilbur Wright during the latter's historic trip to France in 1908.[3][2]

Paul Zens designed a monoplane with rear stabilizers in 1909 and it was created in 1910. Another model appeared in 1911. Design of landing gear was an especially noteworthy feature of his work. ("Ses châssis d'atterrisage, question qu'il a plus spécialement étudiée, constituent des solutions méchaniques élégantes d'un problème ardu.")[2]

He had some publications under his belt, and several other people wrote about his monoplane design.[4]

Patents whose inventor or applicant is Paul Zens
  • Patent BE-1909-218585 (English title: Pliable wing substrate and apparatus for controlling said pliability)
  • Patent BE-1910-226827 (English title: Pliable nervure and the apparatus of controlling said pliability, Supplementary to patent: Patent BE-1909-218585)
  • Patent FR-1910-417668 (English title: Deformable ''[[nervure]]'' applicable, among other objects, to the construction of surfaces (such, for example as sustaining surfaces for aerial navigation) and, in particular, to warpable surfaces or elementary propulsive surfaces, and therefore to the construction of propellers, and, in particular)
  • Patent BE-1910-224564 (English title: Improvements brought to the takeoff and landing systems of airplanes and related machines)
  • Patent BE-1910-225848 (English title: Pliable wing substrate and apparatus for controlling said pliability, Supplementary to patent: Patent BE-1909-218585)
  • Patent GB-1911-19550 (English title: Supporting or Steering Surfaces, as well as for Screw Propellers of Aeroplanes, Kites and Air Ships)
  • Patent FR-1911-424709 (English title: Vehicle suspension, particularly for aircraft)
  • Patent FR-1914-465032 (English title: Deformable wing surfaces for airplanes and analaogous machines, Supplementary to patent: Patent BE-1909-218585)

References

  1. Villard, 2002, Contact!, p. 55.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 André Pupier, "Paul Zens", L'Aérophile, Vol. 20, No. 15, 1 August 1912, pp. 337–338.
  3. "Wilbur Wright—The Flying Man", The Automotor Journal, 3 October, 1908; p. 1304.
  4. Brockett, 1921, p. 1476.

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Names Paul Zens
Birth date 1876-02-22
Death date
Countries FR, GB, BE
Locations Lille, France;90 rue d'Amsterdam, Paris, France
Occupations engineer
Tech areas airplane, nervure, airfoil, frame, wings, takeoff, landing
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