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The Pilcher stuff - as opposed to the Wright stuff
« on: January 15, 2016, 09:13:15 AM »
Percy Pilcher was born in Bath and became an ardent pursuer of things aeronautical, actually creating a powered aircraft in the nineteenth century and was preparing to fly it (four years before the Wright brothers flight) when he died from injuries received when he crashed in one of his man carrying gliders.

His memorial is at Stanford Hall, the crash site, not far from Brunty.

Percy Pilcher is without doubt our greatest and probably our least known aeronautical pioneer.

The actual glider he crashed in is at the National Museum of Scotland and has been rebuilt...... (a replica is at Stanford Hall)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35317174

I said "no more passwords" and look what happened!