Pioneers of Flight (How to order the DVD)

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Aerocar

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Taylor recognized that the detachable wings of Fulton’s design would be better replaced by folding wings. His prototype Aerocar utilized folding wings that allowed the road vehicle to be convertible into flight mode in five minutes by one person. Yahoo-5 2/11/2012
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Antoinette

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Appearing in 1906, Antoinette's 25-50 horsepower engines gave European aviation its start. Excellent as they were, these lightweight aero engines were subject to quitting if the tiniest bit of dirt or debris found its way into the fuel to clog their early fuel injection systems.
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B-29 Superfortress

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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that was flown by the United States Military in World War II and the Korean War. The B-29 is one of our favorite models.
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Bell-X1

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The Bell X-1, originally designated XS-1, was a joint NACA-U.S. Army Air Forces/US Air Force supersonic research project and the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in controlled, level flight. On October 14, 1947, Test Pilot 'X" did exactly that. (We've had to delete HIS NAME because HIS NAME has been copyrighted and can't be printed without buying a license or sumptin' per order of Mrs Yeager and lawyer!!
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Blanchard Jeffries Balloon

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A reporter noted a certain solemnity in the first moments of flight: "When the balloon began to rise, the majestical sight was truly interesting....Indeed the attention of the multitude was so absorbed that it was a considerable time e'er silence was broke."
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Bleriot-XI

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The Bleriot XI also had some ground-breaking technologies such as castering landing gear, allowing for crosswind landings. Wing warping (instead of ailerons) controlled the plane's roll. The tail section of the Bleriot XI included a horizontal stabilizer with an elevator, and a rudder, but no vertical stabilizer.
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Chanute-Glider

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Along with the standard glider flown by Otto Lilienthal of Germany, the Chanute glider, designed by Chanute but also incorporating the ideas of his young employee Herring with regard to automatic stability, was the most influential of all flying machines built before the Wright brothers began designing aircraft.
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Charles Hydrogen Balloon

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Gas balloons were used in the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars (to very limited extent), and throughout the 19th century by hobbyists and show performers such as the Blanchards. Curiously, after flying to an altitude of over 3000 m on his first flight, Professor Charles never flew again.
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Curtiss Robin

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The Curtiss Robin, introduced in 1928, was a high wing monoplane with a 90 hp V8 OX-5 8-cylinder engine. It was later fitted with the more powerful Challenger engine, which developed between 170 and 185 hp. NOTE: Model B (90 hp Curtiss OX-5 engine), Model C-1 (185 hp Curtiss Challenger engine), and Model J-1 (165 hp Wright J-6 Whirlwind 5 engine) The J-1 version was flown by Douglas Corrigan (nicknamed "Wrongway") as well as The Flying Keys
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DaVinci-Airscrew

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Though the first actual helicopter wasn’t built until the 1940s, it is believed that Leo's sketches from the late fifteenth century were the predecessor to the modern day flying machine. As with many DaVinci’s ideas, he never actually built and tested it – but his notes and drawings mapped out exactly how the device would operate.. Perfect 'A' magnet school project !!
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DuMont 14-BIS

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The 14-bis, also known as Oiseau de proie (French for "bird of prey"), was a pioneer-era canard biplane designed and built by Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont. On October 23, 1906, in Paris, France, it performed the first officially witnessed European unaided takeoff and flight by a heavier-than-air aircraft.
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Eole Flying Machine

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Unlike many early flying machines, Clement Ader's Éole did not attempt to fly by flapping its wings, but was to rely on the lift generated by its wings (mechanical copies of bat wings). Its steam engine was an unusually light weight design and drove a propeller at the front of the aircraft. Cardmodel kit includes A FREE stick model plan of the Eole !!
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Fokker Dr1

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This Dr-1 is just one model as opposed to the entire collection of 18. Chosen for this special model is the Red Baron's 425/17 all red Dr-1. THIS is the plane in which he died on that fateful April 29, 1918. The Red Baron flew many types of WWI Scouts. Fiddlersgreen offers models of MOST.
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Gossamer-Albatross

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The Gossamer Albatross aircraft was designed to fly long distances with a human as the only power source. On June 12, 1979, the Albatross, powered and guided by pilot Bryan Allen, made an historic flight across the English Channel. The flight covered a distance of 22.25 statute miles in 2 hours and 49 minutes. Two sizes included in the folder with the large having a span of 36" !! We've included the parts and suggestions on how to build this model using clear Saran Wrap..
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Heinkel-178

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The Heinkel He 178 was the world's first aircraft to fly under turbojet power, and the first practical jet plane. It beat the Whittle powered Gloster E28 by about a year and a half. The He-178 was just a testbed and flew only a couple times. The Gloster E28 model is also in the Fiddlersgreen Collection (see above) Display stands included
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Hughes H-1

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Comes with TWO sets of wings. This is the plane you saw in the movie. During his work on his movie Hell's Angels, Howard Hughes and Glenn Odekirk hatched a plan to build a record-beating aircraft. The plane was given many names, but is commonly known as the H-1. It was the first aircraft model produced by the Hughes Aircraft company.
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L.E.M. Lunar Lander

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Apollo Spacecraft: Apollo Lunar Module Diagram. The Lunar Module was the portion of the Apollo spacecraft that landed on the moon and returned to lunar orbit and was the first true "spaceship" since it was designed to only fly in the vacuum of space.
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Lilienthal Hang Glider

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The invention of a safer small engine that worked on a system of tubular boilers allowed Lillienthal to finance his aviation experiments. He became known as the German Glider King. This is one of his gliders.
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Lockheed Sirius

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The Lockheed 8 Sirius was single engine, propeller driven monoplane designed and built by Jack Northrop and Gerard Vultee while they were engineers at Lockheed in 1929, at the request of Charles Lindbergh. Two versions of the same basic design were built for the United States Air Force, one made largely of wood with a fixed landing gear, and one with a metal skin and retractable landing gear.
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Lockheed Vega

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The Vega was a six-passenger monoplane built by the Lockheed company starting in 1927. It became famous for its use by a number of record breaking pilots who were attracted to the rugged and very long-ranged design. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic single handed in one, and Wiley Post flew his around the world twice.
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Mercury Capsule

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Project Mercury began on October 7, 1958, one year and three days after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 and was the first Mercury flight to achieve this goal.
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Montgolfier Brothers

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On 19 September 1783 the Aerostat Réveillon was flown with the first living beings in a basket attached to the balloon: a sheep, called Montauciel (Climb-to-the-sky), a duck and a rooster.The duck was expected to be unharmed by being lifted aloft.
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Norge Polar Explorer Airship

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The Norge was a semi-rigid Italian-built airship that carried out what many consider the first verified overflight of the North Pole on May 12, 1926. It was also the first aircraft to fly over the polar ice cap between Europe and America. The expedition was the brainchild of polar explorer and expedition leader Roald Amundsen. Includes a step by step You Tube tutorial.
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Northrop Gamma

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The most famous Gamma was the "Polar Star." The aircraft was carried via ship and offloaded onto the pack ice in the Ross Sea during Lincoln Ellsworth's 1934 expedition to Antarctica. The airplane was almost lost when the ice underneath it broke and it had to be returned to United States for repairs.
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Sikorsky VS-300

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The Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 was a helicopter designed by Igor Sikorsky. Its first free (untethered) flight was on 13 May 1940. While not the first successful helicopter to fly, it was the first of the configuration that would later become the most popular.
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Sopwith Camel

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The Camel was a superlative fighter, and offered heavier armament and better performance than the Pup and Triplane. In the hands of an experienced pilot, its manoeuvrability was unmatched by any contemporary type. This model comes with several versions in two scales plus a BW. Roy Brown's Camel (the pilot that maybe shot down the Red Baron) is included along with a cutout cardmodel of the good Captain.
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Spirit

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The Spirit of St. Louis (Registration: N-X-211) is the custom-built single engine, single seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20–21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.
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Whiteheads Flyer

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Gustave Whitehead's name and work lapsed into obscurity until a 1935 magazine article and follow-up book spotlighted his legacy and sparked a vigorous "first flight" debate among aviation buffs—including Orville Wright—that has lasted ever since.
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Wright Glider

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The lesser known predecessor of the famous Wright Brothers Flyer also known as the Kitty Hawk, named after the site of their flight tests. The design of the Glider was the foundation for the Wright Brothers' historic flight.
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Wright-Flyer

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Upon returning to Kitty Hawk in 1903, the Wrights completed assembly of the Flyer while practicing on the 1902 Glider from the previous season. On December 14, 1903, they felt ready for their first attempt at powered flight.
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Wright-VinFiz

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Calbraith Perry Rodgers, grandson of naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry and a risk-taking sort of sportsman, had taken about 90 minutes of instruction from Orville Wright in June 1911 before soloing, and had won an $11,000 air endurance prize in a contest in August. Rodgers became the first private citizen to buy a Wright airplane.