Preston Watson's First Flying Machine

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This is an example of what Preston Watson's first flying machine was made of (Bamboo) and how it was put together.

Has anyone heard of Preston Watson?

Well, it is debated that he was the “first flying Scot”. This is debated as it was so long ago that there are no proper records. But historians think that it was either Preston Watson or the Wright brothers who made the first official heavier than flight, but no-one really knows! Preston Watson’s first attempt at heavier-than-air flight was with an aircraft rumoured to be under construction in 1903. Can anyone guess what this might have been made from?

It was actually bamboo!

Now lets hear what Preston Watson has to say about his attempt at flight. 

In collection(s): Timeline of Dundee Transport


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