His greatest ambition was to be the first to fly over the Carpathian Mountains. That's why in 1913, he
started to build a new plane, the Vlaicu 3. It was planned to be built entirely of metal, the idea itself being remarkable for the time. The
first all metal planes only appeared much later. During that project, he learned that a foreign pilot intended to make the same flight. So
on September 13, 1913, Vlaicu took off near Bucharest in the Vlaicu 2. Heading towards the mountains, he hoped to make the crossing
in a Romanian airplane before the other pilot. Unfortunately, his precious dream was not to be realized. Over the village Banesti, near
Campina town, his plane crashed and he was killed.
A monument was established there to commemorate forever the courage and the tragic end of
Text courtesy of Mihai Radu