Monday, November 20, 2006

Someone flew before the Wright brothers

I have found this incredible site that shows how the first man who flew with a machine heavier than air, was in fact a Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim:
The first person to fly a powered, heavier than air vehicle (aeroplane) was Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, (who is more famous for his machine gun). On Tuesday 31st July 1894 at Baldwyn's Park (formerly the site of a mental hospital, now a housing estate) in the London Borough of Bexley, his flyer was launched for the first time and successfully flew.
Ten years before the Wright brothers!

The Wright brothers were the first people to activly control their flight. They were not only able to fly, but to turn the vehicle around and return to its point of origin, an amazing achievement.

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