Langley Receives Funding for Aerodrome

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The War Department allots $50,000 to Smithsonian Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley to develop, construct, and test a large aerodrome, a manned flying machine. The Smithsonian adds another $20,000 to the project. Langley's work is eclipsed by the successful Wright Brothers flight on December 17, 1903.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • United States War Dept


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 51
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1898, p. 8

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  • Airplanes
  • Langley Aerodrome
  • Langley Aerodrome Tests
  • Aeronautics
  • Inventions
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Research

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