National Geographic : 1927 Aug
Photograph by J. A . Douglas McCurdy THIS KITE LIFTED A MAN Built by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in his early aviation experiments, these giant kites pulled so hard on their ropes that they were flown with the aid of a horse or a steam launch. LANGLEY'S WINGED STEAM ENGINE ACTUALLY FLEW On May 6, 1896, Samuel P.Langley fired uphis model "aerodrome" near Quantico, Virginia, and itmade asuccessful flight. Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, a witness oftheexperiment, took this photograph.