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  Richard Pearse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Richard William Pearse (3 December 1877 – 29 July 1953) was a New Zealand farmer and inventor who experimented with flying machines in the early 20th century.
Pearse started farming on 100 acres (400,000 m²) in 1898 at Waitohi in South Canterbury, but he was never a keen farmer, being far more interested in engineering.
Pearse himself made contradictory statements which for many years led to 1904 being the accepted date among the few who were aware of his feats.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Richard_Pearse   (1250 words)

 The New Zealand Edge : Heroes : Speedsters : Richard Pearse : www.nzedge.com
Richard William Pearse was born on 3 December 1877 at Waitohi Flat, Temuka, South Island, New Zealand, the fourth of nine children to Digory Pearse and Sarah Brown, Digory an immigrant from Cornwall, England and Sarah from Ireland, who was working in a shop in Timaru when Digory met her.
Pearse lived on at Trewarlet, turning his new property’s iron roofed cottage into a workshop where, behind a large overgrown gorse hedge, he began to work into the night on his inventions, the beginnings of the reclusive lifestyle that was to characterise the rest of his days.
Pearse’s mechanical inquisitiveness continued to be applied laterally, and perhaps inspired by a desire to preserve the music of the Pearse family orchestra, he developed two sound recording and playback devices during these years, including a version of the gramophone: a phonograph and trumpet using wax-coated discs that could be heard 400 metres away.
www.nzedge.com /heroes/pearse.html   (3991 words)

 Famous New Zealanders - Richard William Pearse - Kids - Christchurch City Libraries
Richard was given a 100-acre block of land when he turned 21, but instead of farming, he built a workshop with a forge and a lathe, and began building his own inventions.
Richard Pearse’s first invention to receive a patent was a type of bicycle, where the pedals were pushed up and down, rather than around, and the tyres could be pumped up while still riding.
Richard Pearse’s early achievements were almost forgotten until after his death when his last plane was retrieved from his garage and put into storage.
library.christchurch.org.nz /Childrens/FamousNewZealanders/Richard.asp   (1081 words)

 Richard Pearse
For the best part of a century, the activities of Richard William Pearse (1877-1953) were largely unknown outside the small, close-knit, farming settlement of Waitohi, in the South Island of New Zealand, where he was born and where he flew his aircraft in the very early part of the 20'th century.
Pearse is recognised as the first man in New Zealand to lift off from the ground flying his home built powered aircraft.
Pearse in a letter to the press mentions the year 1904 when he began studies to achieve aerial navigation, and that true aerial navigation was not achieved until 1905.
chrisbrady.itgo.com /pearse/pearse.htm   (1693 words)

 New Zealand Aviators
Pearse used his farmhouse at Waitohi as a workshop, building his aircraft and their engines from parts salvaged from agricultural machinery, supplemented by bamboo and wood.
Between 1909 and 1928, Pearse turned his attention to creating non-flying mechanical devices, such as a power-driven plough fitted with an engine of his own design and manufacture, and a motorcycle using a similar engine to that of his aircraft.
Anyone seeking additional information about Pearse's aeronautical endeavours is advised to consult CG Rodliffe's "Wings over Waitohi - the story of Richard Pearse" published by Avon Books, New Zealand, 1993; to read about Rodliffe's research into Richard Pearse, or to visit the Richard Pearse biography at http://www.nzedge.com/heroes/pearse.html.
www.auckland-airport.co.nz /NewsHistory/aviators.php?pearse   (561 words)

 Richard Pearse : New Zealand Pioneer Aviator (1877 - 1953)
Pearse was an enthusiast, and perhaps a turn of the century 'mad scientist' inventor.
In 1958 an expedition was made to Pearse's farm in Waitohi, where, in a rubbish tip nearby in a dry area of the Opihi riverbed, amidst a mass of brambles and embedded in clay, a four cylinder engine was discovered.
According to his description, Pearse sat on a sort of saddle under the wing almost in an upright position, that the plane had no tail and that it took two men to hold back the machine when the engine was running.
www.ctie.monash.edu.au /hargrave/pearse1.html   (6142 words)

Richard William Pearse was born on 3 December 1877 at Waitohi Flat, Temuka, New Zealand, the fourth of nine children of Sarah Ann Brown and her husband, Digory Sargent Pearse, a farmer.
Whether or not Pearse flew in any acceptable sense, and regardless of the exact date, his first aircraft was a remarkable invention embodying several far-sighted concepts: a monoplane configuration, wing flaps and rear elevator, tricycle undercarriage with steerable nosewheel, and a propeller with variable-pitch blades driven by a unique double-acting horizontally opposed petrol engine.
Pearse should be remembered as an inventor of extraordinary imagination and foresight whose vision far outreached the capacity of his simple workshop technology.
www.dnzb.govt.nz /dnzb/Essay_Body.asp?PersonEssay=3P19&QuickSearch=true   (883 words)

 First To Fly?
Richard's brother, Warne, is there to give him a helping hand and swing the propeller; the only other bystanders are curious locals and schoolchildren eager for some free entertainment, and to see the local "crackpot's" latest crazy invention.
Richard William Pearse was born in 1877, one of nine children, he had four brothers and four sisters.
Pearse himself thought it might prove useful as a submarine spotter, and had high hopes for it as a commuter aircraft, a kind of aeronautical Model T Ford.
www.chiefengineer.org /content/content_display.cfm/seqnumber_content/1428.htm   (3201 words)

 Bill Sherwood's tribute to Richard Pearse
Pearse is not generally known outside New Zealand for this wonderful feat, as there has been very little publicity about it, the first real mention of his achievement being in the newspaper in 1909.
Richard was an enthusiast, and perhaps a turn of the century 'mad scientist' type inventor.
Richard William Pearse was born in 1877, and died in a hospital in 1953.
www.billzilla.org /pearce.htm   (972 words)

 FLYING MACHINES - Richard William Pearse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pearse also was on record stating that he did not fly in his first aerial machine.
The propeller depicted on reconstructions of Pearse's machine as well as the propeller which seems to have been used on his machine were not up to the task of moving a sufficient volume of air to have generated much, if any, thrust.
In evaluating the claims made on Pearse's behalf by others, it must be remembered that Richard Pearse never sought the title of being "first to fly." Indeed, to be remembered as someone who early on designed and built a flying machine and its engine, which he most certainly did, is honor enough.
www.flyingmachines.org /pears.html   (386 words)

 Media Release 29 August 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pearse is a controversial figure both in New Zealand and overseas with debate as heated as it's ever been about whether he achieved powered flight ahead of the Wright Brothers.
But, the organisers of next year's Richard Pearse Air Show say they are trying to look beyond the controversy, to celebrate the achievements of an inventor who was undoubtedly an audacious man of genius.
Richard Pearse's life is one of remarkable achievement, mystery and tragedy but it is his inventiveness that the organisers of the air show, the South Canterbury Aviation Heritage Centre, want to celebrate most.
www.travelcentre.com.au /travel/airshows/pearse/Pearse_media_release.htm   (626 words)

 The Guardian   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pearse filed his report with the court on December 28, 1998 urging that the court deny the petition to remove Terri's food and water.
*Pearse unambiguously accepted the diagnosis that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) based on the opinions of two doctors, one who treated her and one who consulted on the case.
Indeed, subsequent to Pearse's report, the Schindlers energetically attempted to garner evidence that she is conscious.
www.weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/337laakp.asp   (605 words)

 Salon Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The prize was clunky -- a dilapidated bronze plane in a glass case with the words "Richard Pearse Memorial Trophey for Aviation Excellence" inscribed in gold.
Richard Pearse, Dad explained on the drive home, was the first man in the world to fly.
Pearse fans are well aware that the rest of the world believes it was the Wright brothers who flew first.
dir.salon.com /story/tech/feature/2002/08/22/richard_pearse/print.html   (690 words)

 Richard Pearse - first to fly
Richard Pearse was the first in the world to fly an aeroplane - but unfortunately for him he was not american.
Richard Pearse flew very close to where the great race horse Phar Lap was born.
And to quote from the same web site "there is no doubt that Pearse's definition of flying was far more rigorous than that of the Wright Brothers, and that flights he made prior to the Wright's attempts were never classified by himself as, "actually flying".
digg.com /technology/Richard_Pearse_-_first_to_fly   (689 words)

 Richard Pearse - TheBestLinks.com - Bicycle, Christchurch, New Zealand, December 3, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Richard Pearse - TheBestLinks.com - Bicycle, Christchurch, New Zealand, December 3,...
Richard Pearse, Bicycle, Christchurch, New Zealand, December 3, February 5...
Pearse started farming on 100 acres (400,000 mandsup2) in 1898 at Waitohi in South Canterbury, New Zealand, but he was never a keen farmer, being far more interested in engineering.
www.thebestlinks.com /Richard_Pearse.html   (1071 words)

 Salon.com Technology | Bamboo Dick, first in flight
Pearse also replaced the usual aileron with a flap system that was activated by the pilot and allowed the aircraft to turn.
Yet even though Pearse's achievement was clearly a coup in aviation history, the flight wasn't recognized for another half century.
Further complicating matters, Rodliffe writes, Pearse stated in a letter to the press that he began studying aerial navigation in 1904 and true aerial navigation was not achieved until 1905, totally discounting his own March 1903 flight.
archive.salon.com /tech/feature/2002/08/22/richard_pearse/print.html   (2023 words)

 Richard Pearse in the Aviation History Encyclopedia
Pearse started farming on 100 acres in 1898 at Waitohi in South Canterbury, New Zealand, but he was never a keen farmer, being far more interested in engineering.
His monoplane must have risen to height of at least three meters each time.
Pearse's designs and achievements were virtually unknown outside the few who witnessed them and had no impact on his contemporary aviation designers.
www.usairnet.com /encyclopedia/Richard_Pearse.html   (958 words)

Then Pearse goosed the engine, and as his little audience watched wide-eyed from the crossroads, as others gaped from behind their plows and atop haystacks in nearby fields, Richard Pearse and his flying machine lurched into the air.
Pearse's adventure ended with minor injuries, and with his machine tangled atop a 10-foot gorse hedge.
Pearse sat upright, on a sliding seat he hoped would absorb the impact of a crash and enable him to adjust the plane's balance.
scholar.lib.vt.edu /VA-news/VA-Pilot/issues/1995/vp951217/12140127.htm   (2229 words)

 Centennial Edition of Richard Pearse: Pioneer Aviator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Richard Pearse (1877-1953) was one of the very first men to fly in a power driven aeroplane, lifting into the sky on a sunny afternoon, from the farming settlement of Waitohi, in the South Island of New Zealand.
Geoff Rodliffe, one of my father's first cousins, is an aviation professional and historian who has researched extensively the Pearse story and played a major role in the construction of a replica of the Pearse aeroplane.
This latest edition of Geoff's book on 'Richard Pearse' is the 4th edition, reprinted for the Centennial of power driven flight in 2003.
thornburypump.myby.co.uk /pearse.html   (228 words)

 Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This aeroplane and some written material (most of the material found in Pearse's Christchurch home after he died had been destroyed) were collected and presented to the Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland, where the plane is now exhibited.
He very clearlv recalled seeing the plane on the gorse hedge as his horse refused to pass by, and stated that the plane had almost cleared the top of the hedge, which was about 10 to 1 ft.
He recalled flight trials and verified the general engine and plane layout and he stated that certain parts of the engine were made for Richard by Parr and Co. of Timaru, he remembered a considerable amount of ground running and fast taxiing and hopping in the paddock.
avstop.com /History/AroundTheWorld/NewZ/research.html   (4716 words)

 Columns: An insider shifts his stance on removing Schiavo's feeding tube
Pearse also noted that Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, had a potential conflict.
I went back to Pearse earlier this week because the feeding tube is still the issue of the hour.
Pearse has a word for what is needed.
www.sptimes.com /2003/11/06/Columns/An_insider_shifts_his.shtml   (612 words)

 PM - Wright brothers' world first disputed
So when inventor Richard Pearse took to the air in a homemade bamboo monoplane, his own family and neighbours thought it so strange it took years for the event to get any attention.
And after a short period which might have been 50 yards to 100 yards to 150, nobody is sure now, he veered to the left and crashed onto the top of one of his own gorse hedges, which is about 12 feet high.
GILLIAN BRADFORD: Pearse himself never claimed to be the first to fly but what he did was still a remarkable achievement that's been overlooked in aviation history.
www.abc.net.au /pm/content/2003/s1012226.htm   (661 words)

 Richard Pearse &W J Clarke centennial   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Richard's Pearse is believed by many people to be the first in the world to achieve powered take-off.
On Monday 31 March, in the paddock at Waitohi that was the site of Pearse's flight, pilot Jack Melhopt hoped to become airborne in a replica plane made by Geoff Rodliffe in conjunction with the Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat) in Auckland.
But the South Canterbury people ended the celebrations delighted at the public response and the media coverage given to Pearse's achievement, to W J Clarke's threshing mills and to the history of the area kept alive by so many enthusiasts.
www.nzine.co.nz /features/pearse_clarke.html   (842 words)

 Open Directory - Regional: Oceania: New Zealand: Society and Culture: History: Richard Pearse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
MOTAT- Richard Pearse - A profile of the pioneer aviator including several photographs and a discussion of the evidence that he was the first to achieve powered flight.
Pearse, Richard - A brief biography of aviator Richard Pearse provided by Auckland International Airport.
Richard Pearse - First Flyer - Photographs, information and discussion of the life and achievements of New Zealand's pioneer aviator.
dmoz.org /Regional/Oceania/New_Zealand/Society_and_Culture/History/Richard_Pearse   (143 words)

 Richard Pearse, Aviator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Richard Pearse's first patented invention, dating from 1902, was an ingenious new style of bicycle, bamboo-framed with a vertical-drive pedal action, rod-and-rack gearing system, back-pedal rim-brakes and integral tyre pumps.
After considerable taxiing on his farm paddocks Pearse made his first public flight attempt down Main Waitohi Road adjacent to his farm.
No details were recorded, by Pearse or onlookers, of this tentative flight.
www.nzhistory.net.nz /Gallery/Pearse/Pearse.html   (389 words)

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