Langley Manned Aerodrome Tested

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The manned aerodrome built in the Smithsonian shops under the direction of Secretary Samuel P. Langley is tested. With Charles M. Manly aboard the craft, it plunges into the Potomac River at the end of the launching track. Two months later, another unsuccessful test is conducted.


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 52.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1904. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905, p. 122.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


October 7, 1903


  • Langley-Wright Controversy
  • Controversies
  • Secretaries
  • Aeronautics
  • Science
  • Experiments
  • Science--Experiments

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