Langley: Man of Science and Flight

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Langley: Man of Science and Flight is a biography of Samuel Pierpont Langley, third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1906. Langley was noted for his work as an astronomer and in the new field of astrophysics, as well as his attempts to develop the first flying machine. His "aerodrome" failed during trials and his invention was eclipsed by the Wright Brothers.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Wright, Orville 1871-1948
  • Wright, Wilbur 1867-1912
  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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  • Langley-Wright Controversy
  • Flying-machines
  • Langley Aerodrome
  • Secretariats
  • Astrophysics
  • Langley Aerodrome Tests
  • Secretaries
  • Aeronautics
  • Astronomy
  • Wright Flyer (Airplane)
  • Biography

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