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This article from the Kansas City Star newspaper covers the early aviation experiments of Charles A. Wilson and William J. Purvis of Goodland, Kansas. The article explains the type of machine Wilson and Purvis were building, as well as the materials used in its construction. In particular, the article accurately points out that the Wilson and Purvis machine was more of a gyro-copter than a true airplane. While their gyro-plane proved to be less than successful, their design represented an important first step toward the development of the helicopter.

Creator: Kansas City Star
Date: December 28, 1909

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This article can be combined with the photograph showing Wilson and Purvis to help students understand what role the two early aviation pioneers had on the development of early aerial vehicles.

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Item Number: 213320
Call Number: K629.13, Aviation Clippings, Vol. 1, 5-7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 213320

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