J.Zynk Polish Aircraft 1893-1939 (Putnam)
Emil Plage, the son of one of the founders of E. Plage and T. Laskiewicz Engineering Establishment in Lublin, studied aircraft engineering in Germany. In the first half of 1910, while under instruction with Rumpler, he evolved his own development of the Henri Farman biplane. The machine was completed at the beginning of July 1910, but, flown by the designer, crashed on 7 July on its first flight, at Berlin-Johannisthal aerodrome. The pilot escaped injury but the aircraft was wrecked.
Plage's biplane, of wooden construction with a lifting tail bay, was essentially similar to the Farman biplane. The elevator and ailerons were operated by the control stick, while both rudders, incorporated in the tail bay, were operated by the rudder bar. The machine was powered by a 50 hp Rumpler Aeolus eight-cylinder vee water-cooled engine. Dimensions included a span of 10.54 m (34 ft 7 in), length of 13.66 m (44 ft 9 3/4 in) and height of 3.64 m (11 ft 11 1/2 in).