The early history of aviation wasn't just a matter of flying faster and farther, but
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added that at no time did he feel the least uneasiness, and declared that he saw no reason why he should not soar to very much greater altitudes. Today's flight, he thinks, has solved the problem of the feasibility of crossing high mountain chains like the Alps in aeroplanes. All that will be needed for that purpose, he is now convinced, is a powerful enough motor and a flying machine built in proportion.