1914 Tests of the Langley "Aerodrome"

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A summary of the Langley-Wright controversy in which Glenn Curtiss was contracted to attempt a flight in the Langley craft, which had been enhanced, thus challenging the Wright patent. Smithsonian Secretary Samuel P. Langley had attempted to develop the first flying machine, but it failed. Includes lists of changes undertaken by Curtiss during renovation of the Langley aerodrome, provided by Orville Wright. Smithsonian Secretary Charles G. Abbot makes a series of statements acknowledging the mistake in an attempt to put the controversy to rest and bring the Kitty Hawk back to America.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Curtiss, Glenn Hammond 1878-1930
  • Wright, Orville 1871-1948


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Article also in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol. 103, no. 8.

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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1942 (Book)

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




  • Langley-Wright Controversy
  • Langley Aerodrome
  • Inventors
  • Controversies
  • Langley Aerodrome Tests
  • Secretaries
  • Aeronautics
  • Inventions
  • Wright Flyer (Airplane)

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pp. 111-118

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