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Cayley Glider



Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) was first to design an aerofoil and one of his flying machines made the world's first manned heavier-than-air flight at Brompton Dale, near Scarborough, in 1849. This was more than 54 years before the Wright brothers made the first powered flight from Kitty Hawk Sands in the USA on 17 December 1903. Another machine, which Cayley called a 'governable parachute', was flown in 1853 at Brompton Dale, carrying Sir George's coachman, who on coming back to earth said, "I wish to give notice, I was hired to drive not to fly".


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