In the late 19th century there were many aspiring aviators who brought aviation closer to fruition. These were inventive people who would have been influential in whatever field of endeavour they chose. Some came close to being the first to achieve powered heavier-than-air flight. In the absence of powerful lightweight engines many struggled to get airborne. Some even claimed that they achieved flight before the Wright brothers.

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Pigs Might Fly
The Gliders and Hoppers

Clément Ader
Otto Lilienthal
Lawrence Hargrave
Hiram Maxim
Octave Chanute
Percy Pilcher
Augustus Herring
Gustave Whitehead
Wilhelm Kress
Richard Pearse
Karl Jatho
Samuel Langley
John J Montgomery
Traian Vuia
Jacob Ellehammer

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