The story of the first men (and woman) to fly in India

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The story of the first men (and woman) to fly in India


Post by Sniper1946 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:51 am

The story of the first men (and woman) to fly in India
The planes were assembled over five days and flew sorties over the fair grounds on a daily basis.

Human beings in India first began to fly between March 1910 and February 1911. In the space of a few months, aviation saw its early beginnings – this included the world’s first postal flight on February 18, 1911.

In December of 1910, a huge patch of ground near the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna in Allahabad was cleared to prepare for an Industrial and Agricultural Exhibition. The timing of the exhibition was crucial: it followed a period of good rainfall and coincided with the Magh Mela celebrations. In the first months of a new year in 1911, organisers expected a big crowd.

Although the exhibition was initiated by the government, several notables, including the maharajas of Benares and Kishangarh, judges and other local leaders, were involved with its funding, which took place through contributions and subscriptions.

The exhibition showcased new innovations in agriculture and industry, along with entertainment for the crowds, in the form of a bioscope and a Laughing Gallery (which induced laughter via nitrous oxide). But one of the chief promised attractions at the exhibition-fair was the sight of humans flying. There were to be airplanes and daily flights around the exhibition area, all thanks to the initiative of one Captain Walter George Windham.
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