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Langley Aerodrome No. 5, by Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922, May 6, 1896, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2012-3092 and A18864 and A18868a.

May 6, 1896

Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley launches his "aerodrome," an early attempt at a flying machine, along the Potomac River.  Catapulted from a houseboat, the aerodrome quickly crashes into the river.  Langley was never successful in his attempts to invent the first airplane.More

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