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  1. Signature. Alberto Santos-Dumont, self-stylised as Alberto Santos=Dumont, [1] (20 July 1873 – 23 July 1932) was a Brazilian aeronaut, sportsman, inventor, [2] [3] and one of the few people to have contributed significantly to the early development of both lighter-than-air and heavier-than-air aircraft. The heir of a wealthy family of coffee ...

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    Tens of millions of people around the world received their first introduction to Alberto Santos-Dumont when they tuned into the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and watched as a nattily attired, mustachioed man impersonating the pioneering aviator took to the skies in a vintage biplane. The assertion by Olympic organiz...

    More than two years before the Wright Brothers glided over the dunes of Kitty Hawk, a night watchman at a local manufacturing plant reportedly soared over the industrial city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in his handcrafted flying machine. A full-page article on page five of the August 18, 1901, edition of the Bridgeport Sunday Herald reported that f...

    On the morning of December 17, 1903, Orville Wright took the controls of his heavier-than-air craft and signaled to his brother, Wilbur. With Wilbur running alongside to balance the fragile machine, the Wright Flyer that Orville had built with his brother slid down the guiding rail and soared into the air over a distance of 120 feet. The two brothe...

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  2. Santos-Dumont No. 14-bis, airplane designed, built, and first flown by the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1906.Inspired by rumours that the Wright brothers had made flights of over half an hour in the relative seclusion of a pasture near Dayton, Ohio, Santos-Dumont began work on his first airplane at Neuilly-Saint-James (near Paris) early in 1906.

  3. Alberto Santos-Dumont (born July 20, 1873, Cabangu, near Palmyra [now Santos-Dumont], Minas Gerais, Braz.—died July 23, 1932, Guarujá, São Paulo) was a Brazilian aviation pioneer who captured the imagination of Europe and the United States with his airship flights and made the first significant flight of a powered airplane in Europe with his No. 14-bis.

  4. Alberto Santos-Dumont. Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932), the son of a wealthy Brazilian coffee farmer, arrived in Paris in 1897 to study engineering. Fascinated by flight, he made headlines piloting a series of small powered airships around Paris, becoming one of the Air Age’s first true celebrities.

  5. The next day, Santos-Dumont went for his first balloon flight. After constructing his own, very small balloon, the Brazil, which he flew in 1898, Santos-Dumont turned his attention to powered airships, and over the next decade, 11 dirigibles emerged from his shop. In 1901, Santos-Dumont claimed an aviation prize for flying a dirigible around ...

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  7. Dec 28, 2021 · Brazilian-born, French-educated Alberto Santos-Dumont achieved the first officially observed powered European flight on October 23, 1906, in France. By flying nearly 200 feet in the “14-bis,” he won the Deutsch-Archdeacon Prize of 3,000 francs for surpassing 25 meters (about 80 feet). On November 12, 1906, he improved upon this performance ...

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