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Matthew B. Sellers 

Pioneer Aerodynamics Consultant - Plane Builder - Pilot

From the Flying Pioneers Biographies of Harold E. Morehouse

Matthew B. Sellers was born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 5, 1869, one of four children of wealthy parents. He attended local schools, then graduated with a degree from Harvard Law School, a profession he never followed, being far more interested in science and the possibility of flight. His mother purchased a rural property near Fireclay (now Grahn), Carter County, Kentucky in 1888. There Sellers began laboratory experiments in aerodynamics in 1897 with a small wind tunnel he made to gauge reactions of various shapes in measuring air resistance. In 1903 he built a vastly improved wind tunnel for more thorough experiments. It was three feet in diameter and twenty-five feet long, very advanced for its day, and far better than the one used by the Wright Brothers two years before.
Sellers built a Lillenthal type hang glider in 1903 but succeeded in making only a few short glides with it, finding it hard to balance. This was followed by lengthy experiments with models to find a stable arrangement which resulted in multiple planes [[inserted]] arranged in various ways to lessen the center of
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