"An uninterrupted navigable ocean that comes to the threshold of every man's door, ought not to be neglected as a source of human gratification and advantage." —Sir George Cayley, English engineer, 1816
Between the first flights of the Wright brothers in 1903 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the airplane grew from an ancient dream into a reality that would shape the future.
Early Flight will use artifacts like the Lilienthal Glider, 1909 Wright Military Flyer, and the Bleriot XI to explore how in one short decade men and women both in America and around the world were pushing boundaries, setting records, participating in air shows, and turning the aircraft into a technology that would shape the future.
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