Alberto Santos-Dumont ( July 20, 1873 - July 23, 1932) was an important early pioneer of aviation. Although he was born, grew up, and died in Brazil, his contributions to aviation were made while he was living in France. ...more on Wikipedia about "Alberto Santos-Dumont"
Eugene Burton Ely ( October 21 1886 - October 19, 1911) was an aviation pioneer, credited with the first shipboard aircraft take off and landing. ...more on Wikipedia about "Eugene Ely"
Glenn Hammond Curtiss ( May 21, 1878 – July 23, 1930) was an aviation pioneer and founder of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, now part of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. ...more on Wikipedia about "Glenn Curtiss"
Henri Marie Coandă ( June 7, 1886 – November 25, 1972) was a Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer and the parent of the modern jet aircraft. ...more on Wikipedia about "Henri Coandă"
Hugh Armstrong Robinson, born May 13, 1881, Neosho, Missouri. Robinson was pioneer in the earliest days of aviation, combining his skills of inventor, pilot, and daredevil. Among other things, he is said to have been the third person to successfully fly an aircraft after the Wright Brothers in a plane of his own design and construction, the first person to successfully turn an airplane while in flight, and the first person to make an air-sea rescue. Robinson also devised the art of dive-bombing. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hugh Armstrong Robinson"
Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky (Игорь Иванович Сикорский; 25 May, 1889 – 26 October, 1972) was a Russian-American pioneer of aviation who designed the first four-engine aeroplanes and the first successful helicopter of the most common configuration (single main rotor with tail rotor). ...more on Wikipedia about "Igor Sikorsky"
John Stringfellow ( 1799- 1883) was born in Sheffield, England and is known for his work on the Aerial Steam Carriage with William Samuel Henson. The pair shared ambitions of creating an international company, the Aerial Transit Company, with designs showing aeroplane travel in exotic locations like Egypt and China. Despite their efforts, the designs were flawed with Stringfellow's ideas centred around monoplane and triplane models and Henson's ideas centred around an underpowered steam-powered vehicle. The two achieved popular attention, with Stringfellow's work featured in an exhibition in 1868 at Crystal Palace in London. ...more on Wikipedia about "John Stringfellow"
Louis Blériot ( July 1 1872 – August 2 1936) was a French inventor and engineer, who performed the first flight over a large body of water in a heavier-than-air craft. ...more on Wikipedia about "Louis Blériot"
Rudolf Fizir (1891-1960) was an airplane constructor. Born in small town Ludbreg on river Drava, north of Croatia. He has built 18 original planes, some redesigns of planes to allow them land on water surface - and a parachute. ...more on Wikipedia about "Rudolf Fizir"
Thomas Scott Baldwin ( June 30, 1860 - May 17, 1923) was a US Army Major and pioneer baloonist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Thomas Scott Baldwin"
The Wright Brothers, Orville Wright ( August 19 1871 - January 30 1948) and Wilbur Wright ( April 16 1867 - May 30 1912), are sometimes credited with the design and construction of the first practical aeroplane, and making the first controllable, powered heavier-than-air flight along with many other aviation milestones. However, their accomplishments have been subject to many counter-claims by some people and nations at their start, and through to the present day. ...more on Wikipedia about "Wright brothers"
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