Season 33, Episode 17 Wings of Madness

First Aired: November 7, 2006

The story of Brazilian-born aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932), who was a leader in the field of dirigible balloons and, in 1906, became the first to fly a powered airplane---his self-designed, tail-first 14-bis flying machine---in Europe. Included: archival footage of his early flights; and a look at a replica of the 14-bis.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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