Samuel Pierpont Langley's Work in Aeronautics

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Oliver's thesis analyzes the aeronautical research and experimentation of Samuel Pierpont Langley, third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1906. An astronomer/astrophysicist, Langley also attempted to develop the first flying machine, an "aerodrome," but it failed during tests, and he was eclipsed by the Wright Brothers in 1903.


Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906


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  • Langley-Wright Controversy
  • Flying-machines
  • Secretariats
  • Langley Aerodrome
  • Secretaries
  • Langley Aerodrome Tests
  • Aeronautics
  • Biography


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