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    Samuel Pierpont Langley: Aviation Pioneer

    More than 100 years ago, Samuel Langley's team of specialists from the Smithsonian Institution proved to a small group of astonished observers that powered flight was possible. But they still had to prove that their Aerodrome could safely...

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    Dead Pigeon: George Albree’s Fighting Squab

    The first contracted American fighter, the Pigeon Fraser was both ahead of and behind its time. When the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, the U.S. Army found it had a lot of catching up to do. That especially applied to...

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    The Bonney Gull

    Leonard Bonney reverted to man’s oldest intuitive flight design. It used to be that there were weights and balances in relating history. Major events drew more attention, while lesser ones passed into oblivion. No more— YouTube has...

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    Barling Bomber

    Cost overruns and poor performance doomed the experimental strategic bomber, but it helped point the way to the future. To some it was the “Magnificent Leviathan,” to others “Mitchell’s Folly.” Its detractors considered the giant...

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    Douglas Mawson’s Frozen Flight

    Douglas Mawson and his ‘Wingless Wonder’ headed for the Antarctic in 1911. The three men were yoked like pack animals to a sled carting their supplies. They suffered from unrelenting frostbite, trudging along through the ice and snow,...

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    Pioneer Airman’s Tragic Destiny

    Air force visionary Paul Beck’s scandalous demise clouded his impressive legacy. “The gun exploded and blew Beck’s head off,” reported The New York Times. “It was the dramatic outcome of a social evening among friends, the...

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    VanDersarl Blériot

    Fabricated by teenage brothers in 1911, this unique homebuilt is once again airworthy. Despite its shortcomings, the Blériot XI was one of the great designs of aviation’s early years. The successful fruit of numerous prior...