Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Flying before the Wright brothers

Drawings from a 1976 reprint of the 1894 Edition of the Progress of Flying Machines by Octave Chanute.
 When I was a kid I met an "old guy" who had a house full of motorcycles, various other mechanical things and piles of ancient magazines including (he said) flying magazines dating to before the Wright brothers. That possibility had not occurred to me but after all, the Wright brothers didn't work in a vacuum, nearly successful attempts at flight had been going on for some time.  Finding this book makes we want to find some of those pre Wright magazines!

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