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Chuck could make some people very happy if he went over there as a volunteer consultant ... !!Lannis
And then there's Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, who used part of his fortune to build a huge steam-powered machine that lifted off in 1894.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_Maxim
By this time, the Wright Brothers had already made the first successful controlled flight of a manned aircraft. The Wright Brothers, however, had not allowed public viewing of the flight, and their tendency toward secrecy and continued distrust of the press had resulted in little public notice of the event. It was a mistake that would cost them dearly. On March 12, 1908, the A.E.A. "Red Wing" made the first public flight in America of a heavier-than-air machine with Casey Baldwin at the controls. The craft took off from the frozen surface of Keuka Lake and remained aloft for 20 seconds, covering a distance of 318 feet, 11 inches, before it went down on one wing and crashed. Two months later, the "White Wing" with Curtiss flying it, covered a distance of 1,017 feet in controlled flight. This success was made possible by the addition of "horizontal rudders" (Bell's term) to the wingtips, a precursor of the aileron.Using knowledge gained from the Red Wing and the White Wing, Curtiss built the "June Bug", outfitted with additional improvements. This aeroplane responded so well in testing, that Curtiss determined to enter it in competition for the Scientific American trophy. Winning the first leg in the 1908 competition involved flying in a straight line for a distance of one kilometer. Glenn H. Curtiss and his June Bug. On July 4, Curtiss piloted the "June Bug" across Pleasant Valley for a distance of 5,090 feet - 1,810 feet farther than required. No less important, it was the first officially-recognized, pre-announced and publicly-observed flight in America.
I give you local hero, and motorcycle afficianado, Glenn Curtiss.
Curtiss is my personal hero. The invention of the aileron to replace wing-warping was the key to building larger and heavier airplanes. Can you imagine a warplane or airliner with wing-warping? The Wrights' defense of their wing-warping patent delayed development of the airplane in the U.S. until it was far too late for American aircraft to participate in WWI -- the only airplane that made a significant contribution to the war effort was the aileron-equipped Curtiss Jenny basic trainer, and it's not a coincidence that the Curtiss OX5 engine became the mainstay American aircraft engine until Wright began building Hispano-Suizas around 1922/23.
He invented the Aileron not Curtis.
Happy 37th birthday, Mouser.. 2019-05-29_09-05-44 by Charles Stottlemyer, on Flickr
Wow, you built that one when your were 28 years old.......... Congrats!
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