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Flying Police in the Year 2000, French Postcard from 1899

Flying Police in the Year 2000, French Postcard from 1899

People have dreamed of personal flying machines for centuries.

Jean Marc Cote, via Wikimedia Commons

The dream of flight was never meant to be confined to a 28-inch seat with 150 strangers and miniature bags of pretzels. Early aircraft were fabric and wood extensions of their pilots' bodies, technological exoskeletons carrying a dream into the air. While the laws of aerodynamics and engineering drove planes into long aluminum tubes with wings, fiction maintained the dream of a personal flying tool that people could strap to their back, ride

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