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Wings of Madness - Alberto Santos-Dumont

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

    http://www.pbs.org/nova/santos

    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.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/balloon.html

    Tale of the Damselfly
    Santos's most successful plane still inspires aircraft designers
    and buffs today.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/hadingham.html

    Tour the Demoiselle
    In this audio slide show, explore a replica of a 1909
    Demoiselle #20.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/demoiselle.html

    Radical Designs
    View influential planes of Santos's era as well as a few odd
    designs that never quite made it.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/santos/radical.html

    Also, a podcast, Links & Books, the program transcript, the
    teacher's guide, and more.

    http://www.pbs.org/nova/santos
    Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
    -Yousuf Karsh
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