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There are many historians that maintain the first powered flight was made by a man named Gustav Whitehead in Connecticut on 14 August 1901.

What is lacking is that no photos were taken. There were witnesses and there were articles published in local papers.

For those interested, just google him up for more information.

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O primeiro voo, realmente gravado em fotos e vídeos, foi com Santos Dumont pilotando o 14 bis.

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Edited by Mak

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Flight was an emerging technology, it was going to happen. Leonardo da Vinci, set the realisable goal for powered flight, after that everyone was just refining the details! Looking at early flight is fascinating. Bleriot gets high marks in my book, he developed the first aircraft configuration, and control layout, that everyone today can understand. Walk up to the Wright Flyer, and your first thoughts are, how do you fly this thing. Where the Wrights shone, was in there engineering approach, testing and design. Unfortunately the Wrights wanted to Patent powered flight, and set out on patent suits that setback early American aviation, ask Glenn Curtiss. Meanwhile the Europeans ignored the patent issues and just developed aircraft.

 

Remember when MS FS included the Wright flyer, maybe it could be brought back, along with something from Santos Dumont, and Bleriot. Certainly we have much better scenery now.

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