Descendants of a Georgia mountain man are convinced that he mastered flight decades before the Wright brothers took off. "I would just put my life on it that it's a true story," says Roma Sue Turner Collins, whose grandmother swore she saw Micajah Clark Dyer's contraption aloft.
Dyer's flying machine looked more like a boat carried by a balloon and the 19th-century inventor reportedly built rails up the side of Rattlesnake Mountain then slid the craft down the mountain, gathering speed to take off into a cornfield across a nearby creek.Micajah, a man ahead of his time, also has his own blog.
Family members are hoping someone eventually will build a full-scale version of his machine, listed as Patent No. 54,654 as his "Apparatus for Navigating the Air." [Link]