Langley Medal Awarded to Byrd and Manly

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The fifth and sixth awards of the Langley Medal is made at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Regents to Charles Matthews Manly (posthumously) and Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, United States Navy. The award is given to Manly in recognition of his pioneer work in the development of the airplane engine. The award is given to Byrd for his pioneer flights over the North and South Poles, his nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean, and the discoveries associated with these flights.


  • Byrd, Richard Evelyn 1888-1957
  • Manly, Charles Matthews 1876-1927
  • Board of Regents
  • Samuel P. Langley Gold Medal for Aerodromics


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1930. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1931, p. 2, 7-8.

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


December 12, 1929


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  • Aeronautics

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