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Wings of Madness - Alberto Santos-Dumont

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  • Madrigal Rose
    Eternal Companion
    • Jun 2006
    • 506

    Wings of Madness - Alberto Santos-Dumont

    This looks interesting and I know there are many here interested in dirigibles...
    Next on NOVA: "Wings of Madness"

    Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS
    Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.

    In the early 1900s, the most acclaimed celebrity in Europe, and
    arguably the world, was a fashionable, frail, Brazilian-born aviator
    named Alberto Santos-Dumont. The first to fly an airplane in Europe,
    Santos also built and flew the first practical dirigibles, or
    powered balloons. At a time when most balloons were at the mercy of
    the wind and many still thought the airplane an impossibility,
    Santos's bold exploits sparked a sensation. He was the spiritual
    father of aviation, and at the same time, a flying P.T. Barnum,
    intrepidly demonstrating his incredible flying machines in Paris,
    London, New York, and St. Louis. NOVA brings to life the
    little-known story of one of the world's great aviation pioneers
    in "Wings of Madness."

    Here's what you'll find online:

    My First Balloon Ascent
    Santos recalls his initial exhilarating experience among
    the clouds.

    Tale of the Damselfly
    Santos's most successful plane still inspires aircraft designers
    and buffs today.

    Tour the Demoiselle
    In this audio slide show, explore a replica of a 1909
    Demoiselle #20.

    Radical Designs
    View influential planes of Santos's era as well as a few odd
    designs that never quite made it.

    Also, a podcast, Links & Books, the program transcript, the
    teacher's guide, and more.
    Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
    -Yousuf Karsh