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Samuel Pierpont Langley, US aviator

Samuel Pierpont Langley, US aviator

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Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and aviation pioneer (1834-1906). Langley was born in Massachusetts and went on to become Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887). Between 1891 and 1896, Langley built many aircraft models, trying to solve to power-to-weight problem that prevented his 'aerodromes' from flying. Finally, he produced a steam-driven model that flew for nearly a mile. This convinced him, in 1903, to attempt to fly a full-scale version of the Langley Aerodrome. It was not a success. A second attempt was also a failure and Langley died in 1906, a broken man.

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