Rehabilitation of Langley Aerodrome Finished

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The rehabilitation of the Langley aerodrome at the Curtiss aeroplane factory is completed, and the aerodrome is successfully launched with Glenn H. Curtiss piloting the craft. Secretary Walcott provides a controversial statement that the tests thus far have shown that the late Secretary Langley had succeeded in building the first aeroplane capable of sustained free flight with a man.


  • Curtiss, Glenn Hammond 1878-1930
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1916, p. 9-10
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1918, p. 3

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


May 28, 1914


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

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