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 Samuel Pierpont Langley

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Samuel Pierpont Langley

Birth
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Feb 1906 (aged 71)
Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 5860979 View Source
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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


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 19 Oct 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5860979
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5860979/samuel-pierpont-langley : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Pierpont Langley (20 Aug 1834–27 Feb 1906), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5860979, citing Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .