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Monday, August 07, 2006

A Pre-Wright Flight in Georgia?

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.

Family members are hoping someone eventually will build a full-scale version of his machine, listed as Patent No. [1]54,654 as his "Apparatus for Navigating the Air." [Link]
Micajah, a man ahead of his time, also has his own blog.

Dana Huff

Chris, he's another one that's got to be distant kin. I have several Micajahs in my family with various surnames, including Clark and Anthony. Many of the Clarks and Anthonys did come to Georgia. As to whether they flew, I never heard about that!

Chris

Sadly, none of my relatives ever took flight--though my brother did once convince me to jump off the shed roof carrying an umbrella.

Turners

Micajah Clark Dyer,commonly known as Clark Dyer, is my 4th Great Grandfather. He rocks!

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