Monday, December 14, 2009
The 14 Bis
The Imperial City is also the birthplace of Alberto Santos Dumont, known outside of the Wright-brothers native land as the Father of Aviation. Driving through town I had my father stop in the middle of traffic and was able to take a photo of Santos-Dumont's famous aeroplane the 14 Bis. This was the first airplane ever to take off and fly on its own--around the Eiffell Tower in Paris.