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- 1803 days ago -
POWERED FLIGHT - On 12 November 1894, Lawrence Hargrave strapped four box kites together with a compressed air engine, also his own invention, tethered it to the ground with piano wire and managed to fly the short five metres that changed aviation history


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Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 9:16 am
Looks as though Aussies aren't very good at taking the credit for their inventions!
Thanks for posting, David

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 5:36 pm
I never could figure out what Aussies were good for, but it now looks as if you folks aren't a totally useless lot. ;)

David B (29)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 5:51 pm
"On December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright soared into history as inventors of the first successful airplane. "... Yankee bullshit!... Isn't it amazing how America invented EVERYTHING?

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 6:46 pm
Yes, we Aussies are INCREDIBLY CLEVER & INNOVATIVE. Something else we invented - the adjective "bloody". Some bloody fool friends I've got (not you, David :)

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 7:33 pm
Sorry if my mischievous side got the better of me there, but I know you Aussie's know how to take a joke. David, it is a fine example of Yankee ingenuity that we not only steal the credit for other's inventions, we improve upon them to make them workable! ;)

I actually place more loyalty to my fellow beings throughout the world than to any city, province or nation, and think the rivalries are kind of silly. Still, if we're talking about the first *successful* airplane, I think the Wright brothers probably justly deserve the credit. After all, we have long jumpers who have traversed through the air almost twice as far as Hargrave's contraption without aid of any motor or box kites, and pole vaulters who have achieved greater altitude with the aid of just a stick. The idea of enabling humans to fly was certainly nothing new, as we have the story of Icarus in Greek mythology, as well as architectural designs by Leonardo da Vinci. None of this is to say that Hargrave doesn't rightly deserve credit, too, for his contributions, because I think he does. I also think it should be more widely recognized and acknowledged that many inventions and discoveries are a collective effort.

Robert O (12)
Thursday May 15, 2014, 9:38 am
Thank you David.
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