TIL that Thomas Selfridge was the first person to be killed in an airplane crash in 1908. The propeller shattered in mid-flight and the plane nose-dived into the ground. Selfridge hit his head on the framework and died from a skull fracture. The pilot was Orville Wright.

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This is why welders don’t fix propellers. Too risky


Thought it was cool that the US Army wanted all the new passengers to wear football helmets as a result!


Is this true? What about all the test pilots who died in planes over the years prior to that?


There’s an air national guard military base named for him up on Anchor Bay in Michigan on some prime real estate. Some really great views of Lake St. Clair.


Do you think Orville Wright told him that flying was statistically the safest way to travel?