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Alberto Santos-Dumont

 
 
Alberto Santos-Dumont Marker and bust image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 17, 2016
1. Alberto Santos-Dumont Marker and bust
Inscription.
Alberto Santos-Dumont
First to fly an aircraft
heavier-than-air by its own means
of propulsion
1906-2006

Small seal with an image of Dumont's plane
1906·2006 · 100 Anos · 14 bis · Santos Dumont · Brasil

 
Erected 2006 by Brazilian Aeronautical Commission.
 
Location. 38° 54.762′ N, 77° 2.921′ W. Marker is in Sheridan-Kalorama, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 22nd Street, NW near R Street, NW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 22nd Street, NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Arts in Sheridan-Kalorama (a few steps from this marker); Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eleftherios Venizelos (about 400 feet away); Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (about 500 feet away); From 1890 to 1910 (about 600 feet away); TomᚠG. Masaryk Memorial (about 600 feet away); Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt (about 600 feet away); Philip H. Sheridan (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheridan-Kalorama.
 
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Alberto Santos-Dumont Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 17, 2016
2. Alberto Santos-Dumont Marker
The Brazilian Embassy can be seen in the background.

1. Alberto Santos-Dumont. Alberto Santos-Dumont (20 July 1873 – 23 July 1932) was a Brazilian aviation pioneer. The heir of a wealthy family of coffee producers, Santos-Dumont dedicated himself to aeronautical study and experimentation in Paris, France, where he spent most of his adult life. Santos-Dumont designed, built, and flew hot air balloons and early dirigibles, his rising fame in this field culminating in his winning of the Deutsch de la Meurthe prize on 19 October 1901 on a flight that rounded the Eiffel Tower. Following his pioneering work in airships, he constructed a heavier-than-air aircraft, the 14-bis. On 23 October 1906 he flew this to make the first powered heavier-than-air flight in Europe to be certified by the Aéro Club de France and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). In his homeland, Brazil, Santos-Dumont is a national hero, having his name inscribed on the Tancredo Neves Pantheon of the Fatherland and Freedom. He is credited in Brazil as the "father of aviation" and "father of flight". (Submitted on November 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.) 

2. Claims to the first powered flight... The claims of Santos-Dumont rest on the definition of powered flight. He and his supporters claimed that the Wright Brothers' use of launching rails and catapults in their flights did not qualify as true powered flight. Regardless, Santos-Dumont was an early and important aviation pioneer. (Submitted on November 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.) 
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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