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Ralph Stott – A maligned experimenter in Vertical takeoff flying machines?

The word ‘helicopter’ is adapted from the French ‘hélicoptère‘, and is said to have been coined in 1861 by experimental aeronautics engineer Gustav de Ponton d’Amecourt (1825-1888). The machines are defined as being able to take off and land vertically … Continue reading

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Charles Rolls – the first two-way, non-stop English Channel flight

Charles Stewart Rolls was born in London on 27 August 1877 into an wealthy family. His father, John Allan Rolls – 1st Baron Llangattock, made his fortune through agriculture in Monmouth, Wales. Shortly after the birth of Charles, he bought a … Continue reading

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Louis Blériot – The first person fly across the Channel in a heavier-than-air craft

The first aerial crossing of the English Channel took place from Dover on 7 January 1785 by Dr. John Jeffries (1744–1819) and Jean-Pierre Blanchard, (1753–1809) using a balloon. By the end of the 19th century, balloons were becoming larger and … Continue reading

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Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries – The first Aviators to cross the English Channel

Dover has been in the front line of many aspects of world history one of which is aviation. The first aerial crossing of the English Channel took place from Dover, on Friday 7 January 1785 by Dr. John Jeffries (1744–1819) and … Continue reading

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