"With Brassac on hand to assemble the machine and to instruct the fledging pilot, Houdini was poised to become the twenty-fifth man to conquer the air in a powered craft."
Twenty-fifth! Somehow I think this is even more impressive than being #1 in Australia. It's a remarkably low number. The Wright Brothers first flew in December of 1903. By 1909, when Houdini bought his Voisin bi-plane in Germany, I assumed hundreds of men had flown.
But this just shows how difficult it was to fly in those days. Not to mention that flying was also deadly. Not all of those 25 survived. It took nerves of steel to climb behind the wheel or what was essentially a motorized box-kite that could soar over 100 feet. But that's Houdini!
(Of course, I've not tried very hard to confirm this fact.)
Well I thought you should know that when you Google this, your page is the first result. So it must be true!ReplyDelete
There we go. Confirmed. :pDelete
Much as I respect and care for Houdini, I doubt thisw is correct.ReplyDelete
Like I said, I haven't tried to confirm it, but it's in Kalush. I heard it in the audiobook. I'lll try to find the page number.Delete
Page 241: "With Brassac on hand to assemble the machine and to instruct the fledging pilot, Houdini was poised to become the twenty-fifth man to conquer the air in a powered craft."Delete
(I'm going to add this to the post.)
No source for this in Laid Bare.
I found something in Laid Bare. The source appears to be a May 1910 aviation journal called Building. The article is " Australian Ariel Engineering."ReplyDelete
It might be in there.
I saw that, but I kinda think that might be sourcing something about Australian flight. This sentence appears before HH heads Down Under.Delete
And he still never drove a car. He could have been number 238,882.ReplyDelete
Hmm...not sure about that:Delete
There is mention mention of Houdini as the 17th person to fly a plane in "the final official seance" 1936 recording at 4:55 "Houdini spent much time in aeronautics... and was one of the first 17 flyers in the world" source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnmY0kX8U6sReplyDelete