Aviation Pioneer. In 1898 the United States Congress gave him a grant of $50,000 to build a controllable airplane. Twice near the end of 1903 he tried to launch his invention into the air only to have it crash each time, thus using up his grant. Nine days after his last failure the Wright brothers succeeded where he had failed. Though he never recovered from his failure and died demoralized, Langley United States Air Force Base in Virginia is named in his honor.
Bio by: Ron Moody