Artifacts on the Road

A gallery of traveling air- and spacecraft loaned out by the Smithsonian.


Langley Aerodrome Number 6


Starting in 1891, aviation pioneer and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Samuel Langley, built a series of unmanned flying machines he called "Aerodromes." They were powered by steam and gasoline engines and tested over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Model Number 5 made the first successful flight, and Number 6, which had slightly rounder wings, followed soon after. This early aviation gem is on display in the University of Pittsburgh's Wesley Posvar Hall.

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