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    Interesting video. The sound get low in a couple of places.

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    Re: More aircraft

    David - thanks for the link. I'd never heard of Pearse before.

    Take a look at this, another in the "flew before the Wright brothers" stories.



    Again, lots of shaky assumptions and holes to poke.

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    Probably shouldn't say it having a Wright Brothers award, but I believe Gustave did make a short powered flight. Regardless how short of time he was in the air, and the prop's were turning taking the aircraft further than a glider flight, even if only a few feet further, it's powered flight. Been nice if it was filmed. Like who was the first to fly the Atlantic, controversy there also.
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    Very interesting.

    Back then just getting it photographed was a challenge let alone on film.

    I suppose some would argue that the Wright Brothers invented the control systems that are mostly still in use today. Ailerons rudder and elevator.

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    The Wrights didn't use ailerons though, they used wing warping. I believe it was Curtis who invented the aileron. Whether or not they were really the first to make a flight they were certainly the first to make it commercially viable.
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    Amazing how many inventions were actually made by others but a later inventor capitalized and popularized it.

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    Re: More aircraft

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    Amazing how many inventions were actually made by others but a later inventor capitalized and popularized it.
    Like the "Baldwin" apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    Amazing how many inventions were actually made by others but a later inventor capitalized and popularized it.
    Coming to which, I hadn't realized that for years the Smithsonian claimed that its former secretary Samuel Langley was first to flight and not the Wright brothers.

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    The Smithsonian was capable of messing with history??

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    Re: More aircraft

    Did a TDY to Kitty Hawk in '73 for the 70th anniversary. Learned then that they made a wind tunnel to test models and that they cast their own engine blocks. First or not, they did some remarkable stuff.
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    Re: More aircraft

    I guess if Icarus didn't fly too close to the sun, he would have been the first to fly! Ok, I'm just a nut on Greek mythology.

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    Re: More aircraft

    If you want to read some interesting stuff about how a single event can be reflected in *many* ways ... check out

    "History Wars" by Edward Linethal.

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    Re: More aircraft

    I came across this video on YouTube. These are truly some odd duck planes.

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