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Samuel P. Langley and the Aerodrome A

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2011-10-07T15:10:12.000Z
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences
Youtube Category:
Education
Video Title:
Samuel P. Langley and the Aerodrome A
Description:
Dr. Peter Jakab, early flight curator and Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discusses Samuel P. Langley and his development of the ill-fated Aerodrome A. During his tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Langley conducted aeronautical experiments, building a series of gasoline- and steam-powered large model Aerodromes in the 1890s and early twentieth century, the most successful in 1896. This led him to create and test a full-sized, human-carrying airplane, the Aerodrome A, in 1903. Unfortunately, the aircraft design was flawed and test flights met with disastrous results. The Wright brothers became the first to develop and fly a successful powered airplane. Learn more about the Aerodrome A: http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19180001000
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7,376
Video Duration:
2 min 42 sec
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Samuel P. Langley Papers, 1866-1906, 1909, 1914, 1942

Creator:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Subject:
Rinehart, Bentley L
Maltby, L. C
Reed, R. L
Balzer, Stephen M
Huffaker, Edward C
Manly, Charles Matthews 1876-1927
Allegheny Observatory
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Physical description:
19.15 cu. ft. (22 document boxes) (2 half document boxes) (11 12x17 boxes) (4 16x20 boxes) (8 microfilm reels) (oversize materials)
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Date:
1866
1866-1942
1866-1906, 1909, 1914, 1942
Topic:
Aeronautics
Astronomy and astrophysics
Local number:
SIA RU007003
Notes:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906) was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Apparently many of Langley's papers were accidentally burned after his death. Langley papers in the Smithsonian are housed in the Smithsonian Archives and the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). The Allegheny Observatory holds papers from Langley's years there, from which copies of Langley's correspondence, 1867-1887, have been made for this collection.
Summary:
These papers document important aspects of Langley's scientific and administrative career. Most of the material documents the progress of his aeronautical research from his first flying model of 1891 through the failure of his Aerodrome A of 1903. Also, information files housed in the National Air and Space Museum Library include secondary accounts and photographs relating to Langley's aeronautical studies. Related materials in the NASM Library include the Stephen M. Balzer papers, 1898-1902, which consist of correspondence with Langley and his associate, Charles M. Manly, regarding Balzer's aerodrome engines.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1896
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-00165695
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Langley Aerodrome No 5 houseboat on the Potomac river, c.1896.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1895
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
NASM-00165506
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Three-quarter right front view of Langley Aerodrome No 5 hanging suspended from room beams of Langley's workshop at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., circa 1895-1896. [Cropped version of SI A-12600.]
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Videodisc Imagery Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Photographs
Date:
5/6/1896
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-SI-76-17314
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Langley Aerodrome - end of first flight Quantico, May 6, 1896.
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National Air and Space Museum Cataloged Imagery Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 6 (1895-1896), Post-Crash. [photograph]

Photographer:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Photographs
Date:
8/8/1903
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Aircraft accidents
Local number:
NASM-00165509
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Close-up view of Langley Aerodrome No. 6 after it crashed into the Potomac River on 8 August 1903.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Glass negatives
Date:
5/6/1896
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-A-12582
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
One-half right rear view of Langley Aerodrome No. 5 in flight shortly after launch from houseboat at Quantico on the Potomac River, May 6, 1896. [See related image, of which this may be a cropped version, at SI 79-10567.]
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Date:
Circa 1895
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-00165557
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Detailed view of the frame and engine of a Langley Aerodrome No. 5 sitting on a temporary support.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1895
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-00165560
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Side view of the frame and engine of a Langley Aerodrome No. 5 sitting on a temporary support.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
A. Graham Bell, esq
Type:
Photographs
Date:
5/6/1896
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-00165726
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
"Langley's Aerodrome No. 5, in Flight May 6, 1896. From instantaneous photograph by A. Graham Bell, esq."
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Date:
5/20/1895
Topic:
Airplanes
Aeronautics
Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
NASM-A-12502
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Aerodrome Number 5. Photographed May 20, 1895.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96). [photograph]

Photographer:
Smithsonian Institution
Type:
Photographs
Date:
5/11/1896
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Local number:
NASM-A-18905
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Aerodrome No. 5, Plan [View], Photographed May 11, 1896, Flying Weight 11775 gms.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Langley (Samuel P.) Aerodrome No 5 (1895-96); Museums, SI, Smithsonian Institution, Facilities, South Shed. [photograph]

Photographer:
Unknown
Type:
Photographs
Date:
Circa 1895
Topic:
Aeronautics
Airplanes
Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
NASM-00165535
Restrictions:
Images are subject to Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Copyright and Image Use Restrictions. Usage requires prior written permission. Should you wish to use NASM still images in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Photographs, available at NASM's Permissions webpage: www.nasm.si.edu/research/arch/permissions.cfm
Summary:
Full left side view of a Dr. Samuel Pierpont Langley Aerodrome No. 5 during tests, prior to the most successful flight made on May 6th 1896, differing from the final form of rudder, lack of cowl, engine and propeller.
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National Air Museum Photography Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Samuel P. Langley [Folder]

Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Topic:
Artists
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data:
Smithsonian Libraries
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Langley Memorial Tablet

Author:
Unknown
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1908
Topic:
Samuel P. Langley Memorial Tablet
Secretaries
Sculpture
Secretariats
Standard number:
82-3199
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
At the meeting of the Board of Regents on December 15, 1908, the following resolution was adopted: "Resolved, that the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution be requested to report to the Board of Regents as soon as practicable upon the erection in the Smithsonian building of a tablet to the memory of Secretary Langley, setting forth his services in connection with the subject of aerial navigation. Designs for his tablet are now being prepared by a well-known architect of this city, whose advice I have requested . . ." The document was signed by Regents Henry Cabot Lodge, A. O. Bacon, Alexander Graham Bell, and Secretary Charles D. Walcott, fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1907-1927). Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906) was the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906).
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 12
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Samuel P. Langley

Attribution:
Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828
Sitter:
Samuel P. Langley
Formerly alleged:
Daniel Pinckney Parker, 1781 - 1850
Medium:
Oil on panel
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1805
Topic:
Portrait
Credit Line:
Current Owner: Private collection
Object number:
OH990026
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
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Samuel P. Langley

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1855
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
10611 or MAH-10611
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Seated portrait of Samuel P. Langley, third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906), taken when he was a young man.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder: 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Samuel P. Langley

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
2002-12175
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is A10688, but that negative has been lost. See also Neg. #s 21105, SA-33, A10678, A10679/A38877, and A10689 for a similar photograph
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906). Photo shows Secretary Langley sitting in a chair. Secretary Langley was founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and tried to develop the first flying machine.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 15 Folder 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Visitor Tag(s):

Samuel P. Langley

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Portraits
Date:
1887
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Portraits
Standard number:
10610 or MAH-10610
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906). Langley was founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He conducted research in aeronautics and made great efforts to develop the first flying machine. Photo dated August 22, 1887.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder: 1
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Visitor Tag(s):

Secretary Samuel P. Langley

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1895
Topic:
Secretaries
Secretariats
Astrophysicists
Portraits
Standard number:
2002-12174
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is A10689, but that negative has been lost. Probably taken at the same time as SA-33, A10678, A10679/A38877, and 21105.
Summary:
Portrait of Samuel P. Langley, 1834-1906, astrophysicist and third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1887-1906. Secretary Langley was founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and tried to develop the first flying machine.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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