Percy Pilcher – 19th Century Aircraft

I was watching a very interesting documentary a few days ago. Most of us probably don’t have a clue as to who Percy Pilcher is but he was an aviation pioneer during the late 19th century. He built some of the world’s first hang gliders and made a bit of a name for himself at the time. His biggest creation was he was in the process of building the world’s powered aircraft. Unfortunately he died in a crash when demonstrating one of his earlier gliders and never managed to finish the project.

A century later some aviation experts obtained his blue prints and thought the craft had a lot of potential. So they set out to finish his project to see if it would work. If Pilcher had not died in that hang glider accident he could’ve very likely built the world’s first workable aircraft before the Wright Brothers by about several years.

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Flying Cars Now Closer To Reality?

Here are some embeds of various flying car concepts over the years and some of which are very recent.

#1 One of the 1st flying cars ever created and has been around for years. It isn’t all that impressive and is a piece of junk compared to the concepts underneath.

 

#2 This one is obviously far more plane than car but clearly shows flying cars can be obtainable. Interesting note is that it runs on gas and not jet fuel!

 

#3 This one is similar to embed number 2.

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