posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 09:56 AM
Thx, Spittincobra and Saltman, for the encouraging words. I came to ATS via Google looking for the inventor of ailerons. Ailerons is one of several
words of which I cannot recall the spelling.
I can spell “anti-disestablishmentarianism” which was said to be the longest word in the first Webster’s International, the 15 pound tome once
found in most public schools and every library. I recently visited the Glenn Curtiss Museum at Hammondsport, NY, and learned that the Wright Flyer did
not have ailerons. The Wright’s employed a complex lever and pulley system to bend the wing tips for the roll effect.
The first Curtiss airplane - a flying boat - built in 1908, employed ailerons. Since the word sounds French, I assume ailerons were invented in
France. I also learned the Wright brothers tried to pull a ‘Seldon Patent’ in the airplane field. Henry Ford, who had beaten Seldon’s claims,
loaned his lawyers to Curtiss who ultimately beat the Wright brother’s efforts. Ironically, during the lengthy legal squabble, the Wrights were
precluded from making improvements in their first airplane, while others were not so constrained. In the end, the Wright Brothers built 13 planes and
Curtiss built more than 3,000 for the Army in WW One. I look forward to participating at ATS. Thanks for making me feel welcome.
[edit on 2/27/2006 by donwhite]