In the May of 1909th. The pilot Simon came into Beograd. He brought himself an aeroplane equipped with “anzani” engine with 3 cylinders and 30 horse powers.
The presence of the first airplane in Beograd was great event, and it caused very big interesting among the citizens.
The plane was built very fast and ready for the first flight in part of Beograd named Banjica.
Interesting for the first flight was great, and beside high civil and military representatives, there were a lot of citizens from Beograd and other cities as well. Unfortunately, the first flight was just few hundred meters long, because of, the plane crashed and was totally destroyed. This was the first flight in Beograd, and that’s why this was very important for the history of our aviation.
After unsuccessful Simon’s flight on the Banjica, Russian pilot Maslenikov who graduated at Farman’s pilots school in France, came into Beograd. His airplane was “Farman” equipped with rotation engine “Gnome” of 50 horse powers.
Maslenikov successfully made 10-
Important event in our aviation history is flight of Ivan Saric.
In Subotica city, in 1910th, on the city racing place, Ivan Saric performed probe
flights with plane hand-
In that time in Beograd was popular restaurant named “Balkan”, where famous engineers, military staff and intellectual Serbia’s elite spent free time, and among them there were a lot of aviation's fans.
After the first flights performed in Beograd, those aviation’s fans started thinking about practical use of of airplanes. Not just for fun.
Other guests of restaurant “Balkan” noticed that always the same gentlemen are at the same table and they make some important conversation.
The group of aviation fans comprised of members : Voja Tankosić, Vojin Popović, duke
Doksim, duke Vasilije Trbić, duke Babunski, duke Gligor, duke Pećanac, duke Dovezenski,
pharmacist Sava Mumčić, pop Gapon, lieutenant Antonijević, student Dule Dimitrijević,
journalist Joca Tanović, student Miomir Milenović, student Dragiša Stojadinović,
After a while, decision was made, that Serbia must stay on the line with other states
in the world, regarding the newest technology invention -
Successful flights performed in Beograd and Mercep airplane’s flight, proved evidence that flying is not so complicated and impossible.
Short time after Rusian’s disaster, in “Balkanu” restaurant was made agreement about buying first Serbia’s and Balkan’s airplane.
First Serbian’s aviators were: student Dragišu Stojadinovića, bank clerk Milivoj Jovanovic, bank clerk Jov Todorovic.
In 1910th. The engine from crashed Simonov’s airplane was bought and sent into Wien (Austria) to be fixed.
In the same time, Dragisa Stojanovic went into Zagreb and made deal with Serbians engineer Mercep, of making airplane construction by “Blerio” model.
After 6 months, engineer Mercep brought the plaine into Beograd, and in next two days he worked with his pilot and technicians in order to assemble plain and refurbished engine.
But, after the plane was assembled, the probe pilot refused to try the plane and make flight, with explanation that terrain is not in a good condition.
Because of lot of people who came to see that flight, Mr. Stojadinović decided that
he will make first flight. He entered into the plane, and sent order to turn engines
The flight didn’t last long, because of he was not experienced pilot, but everything finished fine. He landed the plane, on the same place where pilot Simon crashed before. Thousand of visitors were delighted of that flight, and especially because of Stojadinovic was not injured and the plane was landed without any demolitions