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But when experimenters and philosophers came to inquire into the matter they found that the problem was incapable of a satisfactory solution, and century after century able. passed without success being attain- Repeated failure did not diminish fascination of the pursuit, though, as years on, the subject was abandoned 3 by the went practical Aerial Warfare people, tion who confined their attention to locomo- on land and water. From with time to time, as some enthusiast arose new ideas for aerial locomotion, interest was again stirred up, but invariably the experimenter failed, until at length the impossibility of flying became almost proverbial.

In this respect the airship as applied to wardisturb fare will may precipitate the war. power and balance of On other the hand, if and take up aerial navigation also, there will have to be a general recasting up of forces and possibilities war will be deemed more uncertain, more costly, more terrible and the enterprise will be too rash to commend itself to any business nation until something more definite is known about aerial rival nations are alert ; ; navigation. Therefore the general adoption of airships will defer war, be given Many to its until the new arm can correct value.

Otto Lilienthal (1848-96) and to carry the aeroplane some steps and these clever Germans may be heralded as the first men to devise a successful aeroplane. Otto Lilienthal has left us several important works on the problem of flight, and aeronautical science received a great blow through the fatal further, accident which, in 1896, cost him his life. He had made many successful glides on his aeroplanes, leaping off from a hill and sailing for distances up to three hundred yards ere coming gently to earth.

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