Monday, March 9, 2009

Aviation in 1905

June — Robert Esnault-Peltrie, France, builds a Wright-style glider. It performs poorly and he blames the wing-warping system. He substitutes ailerons and publishes his findings. Later, other aviators will use Peltrie’s ailerons to get around the Wright’s patents.

June — The Wrights take to the air with a new machine, the Flyer III. It is the world’s first practical airplane.

October 5 — The Wrights fly for 24 miles in 38 minutes, landing only when their gas tank runs dry.

October — The United States government tells the Wrights it has "no requirements" for a flying machine.

November — The Aero Club of France learns that the Wrights have made of flight of 24 miles, circling the Huffman Prairie. They are skeptical, dispatch a correspondent to the United States to investigate. The correspondent corroborates the Wright’s accounts.

November — Gabriel Voison and Ernest Archdeacon, France, test a box-like glider, towing it behind a motorboat. It flies successfully.

Fall — Louis Bleriot, France, meets Gabriel Voisin who is building gliders for Archdeacon. The two agree to collaborate and build several unsuccessful powered machines.

Fall — Albertos Santos-Dumont produces an unsuccessful helicopter.

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