Third Quarter 2012 Update: Inventing a Flying Machine

Inventing a Flying Machine At the turn of the twentieth century, a handful of adventurers were convinced that the dream of flight was attainable and thus the great aviation race was underway. Two leaders emerged, each with drastically different strategies. Samuel Langley, armed with a contract from the U.S. War Department and the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, was confident that he could solve the problem of flight with power. Langley’s mental image was that of a stone skipping across water, and the energy applied to that stone forcing it to stay afloat. The Wright Brothers from Dayton, Ohio, were the other leaders in this race. View PDF