Some of you know that my background is small town Mennonite (Hillsboro, KS), and a few of know that my mother is Katie Funk Wiebe, a retired but still prolific Mennonite author. Mom writes her own blog, Second Thoughts, and I like to think that I got a good measure of her writing DNA. I think the book count she’s authored currently stands around 20ish. And she’s not done yet!
While having lunch with her a couple of days ago, she let me look through an excellent book on Mennonites, and was kinda stunned to see a 1907 photograph of some Russian Mennonites, standing next to a Wright-esque airplane (glider) they had constructed. I have copied only a fuzzy photo, and leave it to you to surf to other websites which contain old historical information on this impressive Mennonite / Aviation accomplishment.
Imagine you are in Russia, 105 years ago, and you see this:
It seems this is the HUP airplane project at Chortitza, with HUP standing for Hildebrand, Unruh, and Plenert.
Excerpting from an online article, found at http://www.mennonitehistorian.ca
The cost was so high that they couldn’t afford wheels and once again had to rely on
You can read one of articles here.