The Aerial Age Begins
1902-1907 1908 1909 1910 1910-1914 1932 1948
Photo of Wright Flyer
Voisin-Bleriot Glider
Healthy competition - After perfecting their aircraft in 1905, the wright brothers did not fly at all in 1907 and 1907
Instead, the Wrights turned their attention to securing their patent and finding customers for their invention.
However, in 1906 and 1907, several Europeans made short, straight-line flights of comparable length to the Wrights’ first powered flights. In North America, some notable successes were achieved by the Aerial Experiment Association. Formed by famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell in 1907, the A.E.A. built several powered aircraft, including the first airplane to fly in Canada, in 1909. The group included Glenn H. Curtiss, who went on to become the leading producer of aircraft in the United States before World War I.
Aeronautical activity picked up significantly during the Wrights’ flying hiatus of 1906–07, but no one came close to matching the brothers’ flight performance of 24 1/2 miles at Huffman Prairie in October 1905.
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The Century Magazine
The Wright brothers published several articles in major periodicals detailing their aeronautical experiments.
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