Thursday, April 29, 2010

Should-Be Household Name #2: John J. Montgomery

San Diego- and Bay Area-based flight pioneer John J. Montgomery received a patent for his aeroplane design and died testing one of them. He was the first person to execute a controlled, heavier than air, manned flight (he sat in it, it flew, he could steer, but had no engine.) He was partly inspired in his engineering by French-American engineering genius Octave Chanute. Montgomery Airport in San Diego is named for him.

Should-be-Household Name #1: Russell Ohl

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