Sunday, May 03, 2020

1918 influenza in Bangalore clipped Mysurean’s aviation dreams

Bengaluru: The Spanish flu also known as the influenza, which killed 18,674 people in Bangalore in 1918, snuffed the life out of a man who was on the verge of creating aviation history in India by building a biplane in Bangalore.
History books describe Srirama Venkatasubba Setty alias SV Setty as an aviation genius from Karnataka (then Mysore State). In 1911-12, he was part of AV Roe and Company (AVRO) in England that built the biplane, Avro 500, which became the prototype for Avro 504, the outstanding military aircraft of World War 1.
Read the story of SV Setty, who often described as India’s first aviator  >>

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