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Aerial Experiment Association 1907 Glider
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, had a passionate interest in aviation and had experimented with scientific kites since 1891. He was also a good friend of the Dr. Samuel P. Langley, the builder of the unsuccessful Aerodrome. Bell was Langley's successor determined to develop a practical airplane with the apparent blessing of the U.S. Army.

In September of 1907, he organized the Aerial Experiment Association to build a practical airplane.
In 1907 the Aerial Experiment Association built a Chanute-style hang-glider. The first flying machine constructed by the AEA.  

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