Rocket scientists & aviation pioneers
Leaders in rocketry and aviation
Aviation is the practical aspect or art of aeronautics, being the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft. The word "aviation" was coined by French writer and former naval officer Gabriel La Landelle in 1873, from the verb "avier" (synonymous flying), itself derived from the Latin word "avis" ("bird") and the suffix "-ation"
A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellants carried within the rocket before use. Rocket engines work by action and reaction. Rocket engines push rockets forward by expelling their exhaust in the opposite direction at high speed. Rockets rely on momentum, airfoils, auxiliary reaction engines, gimballed thrust, momentum wheels, deflection of the exhaust stream, propellant flow, spin, and/or gravity to help control flight.
All these folks are related to me, the degree of relation of each indicated in red.
- 1. BELL, Alexander Graham [1847-1922]
- 10C2 American inventor (telephone)
- 2. CURTISS, Glenn Hammond [1878-1930]
- 6C2 American inventor (aviation) and aviation pioneer
- 3. GODDARD, Robert Hutchings [1882-1945]
- 10C2 American inventor (rocketry) and rocket scientist
- 4. LINDBERGH, Charles Augustus, General [1902-1974]
- 9C2 American aviator, writer, inventor (surgical pump)
- 5. PARSONS, Jack [1914-1952]
- 8C2 American rocket scientist, explosives expert, occultist
- 6. WRIGHT brothers, Wilbur & Orville [1867-1912,]
- 8C4 American inventors and pioneers of flight
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