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CLIP 13668

Sir George Cayley - a profile

Sir George Cayley - a profile

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Key Info
  • Sir George Cayley - a profile
  • Duration: 01:28
  • Most people believe the Wright Brothers created the concept of flight; however it actually came from a Yorkshire man named Sir George Cayley. Cayley was born in Scarborough in 1773. Although he had dozens of inventions, his most important were the principles of flight. In 1804 George Cayley proved his theory by using gliders. However in 1853 he managed to create the first ever heavier than air flight. Not only did Sir George Cayley set the foundations for the Wright Brothers, he set the foundations for future air travel. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series History Hunt.
  • Subject:



    Historical Enquiry

  • Keywords: HistoryHunt, inventor, pioneer, scientific discoveries, glider, the Wright Brothers, Sir Richard Branson, Blue Plaque, Yorkshire Air Museum, film archives, personal testimony, change, historical enquiry
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful when: Discussing the history of Victorian Britain. When discussing changes in science and technology and the impact of great scientific discoveries. When exploring the life of a significant individual from the past. When discussing the life of Sir George Cayley and why he was significant. When exploring changes over time and giving reasons for these. When using different sources of information to find out about the past.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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