Samuel Pierpont Langley Propelled a Steam Engine Plane

Samuel Pierpont Langley propelled a steam engine plane, Aerodrome across the Potomac River near Washington, DC, USA, on May 6, 1896. The plane weighed 12- kilogram, measuring 4.9 meters long, and powered with a 1-horsepower steam engine. Repeated platform launches across the river resulted in a minute long flight.

      May 6, 1896
      Samuel Pierpont Langley
      Aviation Pioneer
      Washington, DC, USA

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