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In June 1894 Fred presented a paper to the Birmingham Natural History and Philosophical Society entitled The Soaring of birds and the possibilities of mechanical flight. This was based upon years of experiments Fred and his brothers conducted.

They built a series of gliders and launched them from the first floor of the home on St Bernard’s Road, Olton. Meticulous records of the angles and trajectories were kept.

Over the next 50 years Fred would delve into the world of flight, coming up with theories and designs which we can see being used today.

Why not try your hand at building a glider like Fred? Visit our games workshop to have a go.

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