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From the Harold & Marvel Morehouse Aviation Pioneers Collection National Air & Space Museum MATTHEW B. SELLERS Pioneer Aerodynamics Consultant - Plane Builder - Pilot 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 Lilienthal 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 more stable arrangement which resulted in multiple planes in various ways to lessen the center of
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