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May 6 Langley Aerodrome No. 5

May 6 Secretary Langley Launches his Aerodrome

 

May 6 Secretary Langley Launches his Aerodrome

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Year: 
1896
Month: 
may
Day: 
6
Date: 
Wed, 1896-05-06
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Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley launches his "aerodrome," an early attempt at a flying machine, along the Potomac River.  Catapulted from a houseboat, the aerodrome quickly crashes into the river.  Langley was never successful in his attempts to invent the first airplane.