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  •  WOW what a piece of history (5+ / 0-)

    and it's alive!  I've seen the Wright Flyer and the Spirit of St. Louis hanging from museum ceilings, but it must be awe inspiring to see Bleriot's plane actually flying.

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:43:23 PM PDT

    •  It is not the actual Channel 'flyer'... (3+ / 0-)
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      Tinfoil Hat, markdd, RiveroftheWest

      ...THAT is hung from the ceiling in the Musee des Arts et Metiers in Paris.

      The Shuttleworth machine is identical to it, and was made within a few weeks after the flight (construction number 14)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri May 03, 2013 at 03:47:25 AM PDT

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      •  Right, I realized that (2+ / 0-)
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        as I typed, but there aren't any stable mates (not that there ever were) for the Flyer or the Spirit still flying.

        “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

        by markdd on Fri May 03, 2013 at 07:47:37 AM PDT

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