- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 24, 2000

Some say Santa’s use of magical reindeer would be considered the first recorded instance of man soaring above the earth, but according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the first human flight was by Frangois Pilbtre de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes, who flew over Paris in a hot air balloon in 1783.
This organization has spent the past 37 years highlighting the work of its 31,000 members in the fields of physics, engineering, flight dynamics, aircraft design, propulsion and space exploration. It recently released a special Web site tracing man’s achievements in the air as Americans near the 100-year anniversary of the Wright brothers’ historic use of an aircraft on Dec. 17, 1903.



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