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James Sadler:the first ever Englishman to fly

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 11:56 AM

Two hundred years ago James Sadler was a name on every Englishman's lips. The pastry chef from Oxford with a gift for science became the first ever Englishman to fly. So why is his name virtually unknown today?

Tens of thousands of expectant faces had lined Hyde Park in London for a glimpse of the "grand balloon".

http://www.bbc.co.uk...dshire-28094742

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