Aurel Vlaicu 1882 – 1913 on the banknote of of 50 Romanian lei

Romanian lei

Aurel Valicu is an engineer, an inventor, airplane constructor and one of the first pilots in the world. He finishes his university education in Hungary and Germany and after his return in Romania in 1910, constructs his first airplane Vlaicu I. With the help of Vlaicu I, he succeeds to win the prestigious aviators race of the Austro-Hungarian crown and he triumphed over Roland Garros. The innovative airplane is confiscated during the German occupation of Bucharest and Aurel Vlaicu is last seen on the Berlin exhibition in 1942. Today, the airport in the Romanian capital is named after Aurel Vlaicu and his portrait was put on the banknote of 50 lei.