EXHIBITS: Wright Brothers & Company

Science  30 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5513, pp. 2521c
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5513.2521c

Sure, you know about the Wright brothers, but how about Alberto Santos-Dumont? Wilbur and Orville flew the first airplane near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903—but kept their success quiet because they wanted to patent their invention. Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian, maneuvered a hydrogen-powered blimp around the Eiffel Tower in 1901, and his airplane flight in Europe in 1906 was widely celebrated as the world's first.

That's some of the interesting trivia to be found at the Evolution of Flight site, sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as part of a campaign marking flight's upcoming centennial. Besides profiles of international figures in flight, surfers will find a timeline running from the first hot air balloons in the 1700s to the inaugural stay on the international space station last November. The site also has an image gallery, experiments for kids, and lots of links.

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