• ALBERTO SANTOS DUMONT (1873 - 1932) colorized photo by Fernando Ribeiro.
Photo of the inaugural flight of the "Brazil Balloon" on July 4, 1898, where they are present from left to right, the Marcelle Grandcey socialite of the time with her beautiful dress, behind her is the painter Léopold Flammeng, next to the painter is the Louis Krieger engineer responsible for presenting the electric motor car, the next man is the French Ernest Archdeacon who had great influence on the development of aviation, Santos Dumont, Henri Lachambre French manufacturer of balloons, Emmanuel Aimé among other friends.
The Brazilian aeronaut and sportsman Alberto Santos Dumont is considered the inventor of the airplane. He also designed, built and flown the first gas-powered blimps. Over the years, it has created more balloons and airplanes and has won flight competitions, earning international awards. It was recognized worldwide when it skirted the Eiffel Tower with its airship and became one of the most famous people in the world during the twentieth century.
The first approved flight in the history of aviation was on November 12, 1906. On this day, its 14-Bis plane flew 220 meters, six meters high, for 21 minutes, winning the Airclub Prize of France, also In Bagatelle.
When Santos Dumont discovered that his invention was being used in the war, Santos Dumont became sad and sick. Some say he committed suicide because of this. He died at the age of 59 in 1932.