"It was just six years after Orville and Wilbur took the skies at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Only a year after their first public flight appearances did Feng Ru decide to prepare to test an airplane."
"He understood that industrialization made country great and felt industrialization could do the same for China. So he went east to learn about machines, working in shipyards, power plants, and machine shops."
" San Francisco's massive earthquake and resulting fire forced him to relocate to Oakland instead, where, funded by local Chinese businessman, Feng erected his workshop-a 10-by eight-foot shack. Jammed into this small space where tools books , journals, mechanical projects, aircraft parts, - and Feng himself, who rarely finished work before 3 a.m. "
"So anxious was Feng to keep his invention a secret that he had the engine castings made by different East Coast machines. Then assembled the parts himself."
"Feng's successful test flights were covered by mainstream press, and his work was praise by revolutionary Sun Yat-Sen. Feng was leaving just in time to arrive in Hong Kong on March 21, 1911.
"'On August 26, 1912 Feng was killed while performing in a plane of his own design and manufacture," says Gully, " He was flying at about 120 feet and had traveled about five miles before the accident." He put his machine into an extreme climb but his engine seemed to fail and the aircraft fell to the ground."'