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THE FATHER OF THE MODERN AEROPLANE

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Talk by Charles Gibbs-Smith commemorating the centenary of the death of Sir George Cayley (1773-1857)
As early as 1792 Sir George Cayley made a helicopter model, and by 1804 he had designed the first model glider. But his greatest contribution to the history of aviation was probably his formulation in 1799 of its basic problem, 'to make a surface support a given weight by the application of power to the resistance of the air.' In addition to his interest in aerodynamics he invented the caterpillar tractor and was a pioneer of railway safety devices, self righting boats, and the internal combustion engine.

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Talk By: Charles Gibbs-Smith
Unknown: Sir George Cayley
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THE FATHER OF THE MODERN AEROPLANE

BBC Home Service Basic, 15 December 1957 15.15






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