- 1901 in aviation
This is a list of
aviation-related events from 1901:
July 31- German meteorologists Berson and Süring climb to 10,800 m in a free balloon.
August 14- in Fairfield, Connecticut, Gustave Whiteheadreportedly flew his engine-powered Whitehead Number 21 800 meters at 15 meters height, according to articles in the " Bridgeport Herald", the " New York Herald" and the " Boston Transcript". No photographs were taken, but a sketch of the plane in the air was made by a reporter for the Bridgeport Herald, Dick Howell, who was present. This date precedes the Wright brothers' Kitty Hawk, North Carolina flight by more than two years.
October 3- Wilhelm Kresstrials his Drachenflieger seaplane that makes a short hop before capsizing.
October 19- Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian, flies his dirigible "Number 6" around the Eiffel Towerto collect an FF100,000 prize.
October 29- the Royal Aero Clubof Great Britain is established.
Wright brothersoptimise their No. 3 Glider wing design with the help of wind tunnel measurements.
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