On 23 October 1906, Alberto Santos-Dumont piloted an aircraft for a distance of 60 meters, flying five meters off the ground. The flight took place in Paris and Santos-Dumont was heralded as the Father of Flight throughout Europe. Although the Wright Brothers flew a plane at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the brothers’ were unknown in the rest of the world and their flight was not witnessed by anyone. Santos-Dumont became a national hero in his native Brazil, and both the Sao Paolo airport and the town of his birth were renamed in his honor. Who was Santos-Dumont?
Santos-Dumont was born in July of 1873 in the village of Cabangu, State of Minas Gerais. His father owned a lucrative coffee plantation. When Santos Dumont turned 18, he was sent to Paris to study. Santos Dumont became fascinated by the idea of aviation and quickly turned to balloons to make his first flights. A showman with considerable panache, Santos Dumont won over Parisians with his death-defying feats of flight. He learned how to steer balloons and then turned his attention to the more-difficult concept of piloting and steering aircraft that were heavier than air.
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Originally posted 2016-08-05 18:24:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter