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Early Aviation Pioneers

This sub-category could focus on the individuals and groups who were instrumental in the early development of aviation from the beginning until 1940

Pioneering Flights

Pioneering Flights that Pushed the Boundaries of Aviation The early decades of powered flight saw daredevil aviators accomplish feats that captured the public’s imagination and...

Samuel Pierpont Langley

Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906). Langley was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor, and aviation pioneer. From 1887 to 1903, he experimented with rubber-band-powered models and larger...

Otto Lilienthal: The Glider King

Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896). Otto Lilienthal was a pioneering German aviator who made over 2,000 successful glider flights starting in the 1890s. His meticulous research and...

George Cayley

George Cayley (1773-1857) Cayley was an English engineer and inventor who pioneered modern aeronautical engineering. In 1799, he set forth the concept of the...

Wright Brother and the public presentation of his airplane

The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur did not immediately present their airplanes to the public after they built them. There were several reasons for...