Alberto Santos-Dumont

Alberto Santos-Dumont

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Caption: Alberto Santos-Dumont. The Brazilian Aeronaut stands in the control car of one of the airships he had built in France. The son of a rich plantation owner, Santos-Dumont became interested in flight while studying engineering in Paris, France. After piloting balloons, he built his first powered airship in 1898. His airship flight exploits caught the public imagination. In October 1901, Santos-Dumont received a prize for being the first person to fly around the Eiffel Tower. He built an airplane in 1906, the 14 bis and made the first sustained free flight in Europe on 23 October 1906 in Bagatelle Park, Paris, France. Santos-Dumont is seen here at the steering-wheel of his hydroplane during an experimental run on the Seine in which he attained high speed.

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