In 1891, Samuel Pierpont Langley announced that, “Mechanical Flight is possible with engines we now possess.” Unlike many attempts at flying, he didn’t just come up with an idea for a machine, build it, and see what happened, he began a series of test. His craft was developed in slow stages that began with bench tests. After years of work, he invented the unmanned, steam-driven flying machine he called the “Aerodrome”.
Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed with Langley’s experiments that, in March of 1889, he created a four-officer board to study the possibilities of Langley’s “flying machine”. President William McKinley granted Langley $50,000 from the War Department to continue his work. The trick now was to increase the size of the aerodrome to accommodate the weight of a man.
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