Successful powered flight was the culmination of centuries of consideration, from its earliest documented record in England. Here are the fascinating stories of the lives of those early dreamers and pioneers of aviation, among them a 13th century cleric, a world-famous Renaissance artist, an inventive country squire, mariners who sought to sail in the sky and writers who helped lay the groundwork for the first century of flight.

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Pigs Might Fly: The First Steps

Roger Bacon
Leonardo da Vinci
Emanuel Swedenborg
Sir George Cayley
John Stringfellow
Frederick Marriott
Jean-Marie Le Bris
Félix du Temple
La Landelle, Ponton d'Amécourt, Nadar & Verne
Francis Wenham
Horatio Phillips
Alphonse Pénaud
Victor Tatin
Louis Mouillard
Aleksandr Mozhaiski






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