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an airplane with a single wing. In the early 20th century wings were called planes, since they were thin and often flat. They were fastened to the airplane with wires, cables, or steel bands (wire-braced monoplanes) or with struts (strutted monoplanes). Later the use of high-strength materials made possible the elimination of braces and struts (cantilever monoplanes). The wing of a cantilever monoplane is heavier than the wing of a biplane. However, this drawback is balanced by better flying performance.

Monoplanes are classified as high-wing, mid-wing, or low-wing types, according to the position of the wing relative to the fuselage. Cantilever monoplanes are now universally used; however, braced and strutted monoplanes are still used in light aviation and sportflying.


An airplane with one main supporting surface wing that may be divided into two parts by the fuselage.


an aeroplane with only one pair of wings
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Two months later the intrepid Moisant became the first person to fly a monoplane over New York City.
Mr Berg was a flying member of Cardiff Flying Club and Mr King, who had been flying for about two years, bought the monoplane in which he died just a year before.
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1909: Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly across the Channel, flying his three-cylinder monoplane from near Calais to Northfall Meadow near Dover Castle.
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4) Dropping 4-lb bombs on Paris from a Taube monoplane, he became the first airman to drop bombs on a capital city.
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Summary: A French pilot has recreated the first-ever flight across the English Channel in a monoplane like the one that Louis Bleriot flew in 1909, complete with a wooden propeller, bicycle wheels and an engine as powerful as a lawnmower.
A PILOT flying a restored Bleriot XI monoplane flew over the English Channel yesterday to commemorate the centenary of the first cross-Channel flight.
On the first day of racing school, a young yellow monoplane named Zee is excited at the prospect of learning from famous racing planes--so excited that he forgets to use a checklist to ensure everything is in proper order before he begins flying