First Man-Carrying Aeroplane Capable of Sustained Free Flight-- Langley's Success as a Pioneer in Aviation

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Summary

Work discusses Samuel P. Langley, his work with the Smithsonian, his work in aviation and with the first airplanes, including history of the Langley Aerodrome (Aeroplane). Focuses on Charles D. Walcott's decision to allow Glenn H. Curtiss to recover and launch the Langley Aeroplane. Compares Langley's trials with the more recent attempt to achieve flight; explores the difficulties both in Langley's attempts, and those of Curtiss. Summarizes that Langley's airplane was indeed the first steam model airplane capable of prolonged free flight and that he developed the first man-carrying aeroplane capable of sustained free flight.

Subject

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

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Includes photographs of the Langley Aeroplane, 28 May 1914, 2 June 1914, 17 September 1914, 19 September 1914 and 1 October 1914.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1914 (Book)

Contact information

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

Topic

  • Langley-Wright Controversy
  • Airplanes
  • Biography

Physical description

pp. 217-222

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