The Pioneer Flying Achievements of Preston Watson

By Alastair W. Blair Alistair Smith

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At the turn of the nineteenth century, what was to become the aviation industry was the preserve of a few enthusiastic amateurs whose ambition to be the first fly like the birds bordered on obsession. The Wright brothers in America, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher and others had brought matters to the cusp of success.

Preston Watson was born in Dundee in 1881 and from an early age showed an innovative interest in developing a flying machine which could take off and land under its own power. While records are incomplete, many believe that Watson beat the Wright brothers into the air by a margin of months in 1903. His unique rocking-wing aircraft was launched, with the engine at full power, by a simple catapult device. His subsequent two machines aimed to improve this performance. He is credited with inventing the joystick - the idea is still in use in every aircraft today.

Determining who was first to fly is not the objective of this book. Rather, it records the hitherto unsung efforts of this son of Dundee whose short life - he died at the age of thirty-four - had a significant influence on the history of aviation.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Strident Publishing
Publication Date 13 Jan 2015
SKU 9781909238480-grouped
Number of Pages 192

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