Restoration: Unearthing a Diamond
The Diamond is the only one of its kind ever built.
- By Becki Bell
- Air & Space magazine, November 2001
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Soon afterward, the parts—the undercarriage and wheels, aileron system, bamboo control rod, and wing compression ribs—were reunited with the rest of the Diamond. Referring to old drawings, photographs, and articles, the restoration team set to work.
The completed Diamond went on display at Hiller last February. It is really no more remarkable looking than an ordinary Curtiss of the same period, but its history gives it its distinction. Whether originally constructed from memory or assembled from diagrams, the Diamond is essentially the first homebuilt aircraft. And that is remarkable enough.