As we all are studying from our childhood that first Aeroplane was flown by Wright brothers in 1903, almost all the books in the world have the mention of Wright brothers when it comes to the invention of Aeroplane. But you’ll be amazed by knowing that the first Aeroplane was constructed and flown by an Indian Scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade. If we remove the dust from the pages of history, we get to know that Shivkar Bapuji Talpade was the first person in the world who successfully constructed world’s first Aeroplane.
There are lots of Indians whose names are being disappeared from the pages of history. Lots of great Indian scientists did great discoveries in the past and none of us even heard their names. Many western people cheated with them and patented the discoveries of these great Indian scientists on their names. Shivkar Bapuji Talpade is also one of those names who did amazing discovery of an aeroplane.
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade belonged to a Pathare Prabhu community who are said to be one of the founders of Mumbai. According to aviation historians, Mr. Shivkar Bapuji Talpade used his knowledge of the Rig Vedas to build a plane. Bapuji Talpade along with his wife designed the Aeroplane and it was flown in 1895 on a beach in Bombay, that beach is present day Choupati. The airplane was flown in front of thousands of people and it went 1500 ft. high. The most amazing thing about this plane was that there was no pilot in the plane and it was a remote-controlled plane. We can call it the first drone of modern history.
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade was a great Sanskrit scholar and he had great command over the Vedas and Shastras. He constructed this airplane with the help of “Vimana Shashtra” by Maharishi Bharadwaj. Vimaan Shastra has 8 chapters containing 3000 shlokas which has all the methods to construct Aeroplanes. There are methos of constructing 500 different types of planes. One of Talpade’s students, P Satwelkar while talking to TOI has said that his craft was called ”Marutsakha”(Friend of the Winds) flew unmanned for a few minutes and then came down. The Airplane was flown infront of High court sitting judge Mahadev Govind Ranade and Maharaja Vadodara Saiyaji Rao Gaekwad.
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade collected thousands of people on the beach and introduced them with an awkward-looking machine, people present there had no clue about that machine. After some time, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade rolled his fingers over the remote control and the aeroplane started to fly high, everybody was shocked and people started scratching their head. people were so amazed by this act that they couldn’t believe what they saw.
Shivkar Bapuji Talpade was expecting further help in his project and Maharaja Vadodara Saiyaji Rao Gaekwad promised him that he will help him. But things didn’t work well. British Government came to know about this incident and they were so amazed. A famous company of London “Relay Brothers” met Talpade and asked for the design and his notes of aeroplane, in exchage they promised to help him financially to take his project further. Talpade didn’t know about the conspiracy and handed over all the designs and methods to them but they didn’t fulfill the promise and didn’t help him. The death of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade is still a mystery.
According to historians, Relay Brothers were not able to understand the designs and they handed over the methods to Wright Brothers. Orville and Wilbert Wright accomplished their feat in California on December 17, 1903. Their flight only lasted for 37 seconds and then crashed. Wright brothers gained a lot of popularity and fame by this act, but Shivkar Bapuji Talade’s name has not even been mentioned once in the pages of history.